We talk about how the internet has made this huge world seem so much smaller. We talk about how we connect with each other over broadband, fiber optics or whatever. The question will always remain: What about those people who are not connected?
You probably can think about one or two people that you know who fit this description. These people may have any number of reasons why they are not as connected to other people as you or I are. They may have problems with social interaction. They may be shy. They may just be people that do not like people. They be older and feel they are no longer useful to society. Whatever the reason, bring these people in. Give them a connection!
In my small, local area, there was a recent reminder of why we should connect to others. I do not think that connectedness would have saved the life of a young middle schooler who died over a year ago but it might have. No one knows for sure.
Shawn Munck was sentenced yesterday for the killing of his 12 year old brother Peter. Shawn is now 23. The murder/manslaughter took place in February of 2008. Shawn was not connected to the community. He had been visiting his grandmother, the grandmother who took care of Peter and with whom Peter lived. The grandmother had to go in the hospital for surgery and felt that she could leave a 12 year old with a 22 year old.
I would not have had any doubt that this would be okay. I have left my youngest with my oldest many times. There is ten years difference between these two of my children.
Unfortunately, there was some rough housing or an altercation of some sort. The younger brother was stomped on, then left to bleed internally to death. The older brother did not attempt to seek medical care for his younger sibling.
Several days later, a relative came to check on the two of them and found the younger Munck dead. If there had been more connectedness to the community, is it possible that a young boy would be alive today? No one knows for sure but realize that humans need to be connected, connected to family, to friends, to community, to others.