Isolation – WHY?

“Why do people have to be this lonely? What’s the point of it all? Millions of people in this world, all of them yearning, looking to others to satisfy them, yet isolating themselves. Why? Was the earth put here just to nourish human loneliness?”
― Haruki MurakamiSputnik Sweetheart

In the lastest #etmooc Blackboard Collaborative Session Dave Cormier talked about “MOOC as a gathering place”.

Twitter is my gathering space, or perhaps the place where I like to hang out to learn. I use TweetDeck to organise my favourite spots to mingle, using lists to ensure I cross paths with people who provoke my thinking. I often invite myself  “home” visiting links and blogs of people who attract my attention!  I am so grateful for the sharing of my PLN. I have learnt so much from hanging around and inviting myself in. It brought me to #etmooc!

My mother was the most generous person I have ever known.  She taught me the rewards of giving, giving of time, support, friendship and love. She was generous to the point of exhaustion, but never once expected acknowledgement, award or returns. What she got was respect and admiration of people from all walks of life. From the grounds keepers son who she discreetly bought clothes for so he could go on school camp, to the Parliamentary Counsel whom she supported through his cancer treatment.  It wasn’t until I stood at her funeral, in a room full of strangers desperate to share their stories of her acts, that I truly got a sense of the impact she had on so many people.  She never once stood on a stage, held a room full of people or gained the attention on any great scale.  What she did do was give!

via the Practice of Generosity (Dana)

via the Practice of Generosity (Dana)

“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”

― Herman Melville

If we live in isolation, in our classrooms, in our faculties, or in our schools, then we are truly missing out.



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