A friend enthusiastically shared the address of her daughter's blog a few days ago. I looked it up, thinking I would read and leave a comment. It is nicely written, an interesting journal of this young person's life as a teacher in a country far away from her home.
When I looked for the "comment" button, however, I found that she has chosen not to allow comments. I was frustrated, at first, but then began to wonder why. Did a stranger hurt her with an acerbic remark? Did a Spam-related incident cause her to take this draconian action? Were comments ever permitted?
It felt like a mystery. A blog is an extension of a person, not a person, but if her blog were a person, I would like to put my arm around it, lead it into this warm, comfortable room and say, "Come in, come in. Join us. Meet my kind friends. They would like to hear about your journey, and they would like to share theirs with you."
I woke up this morning thinking of Martin Buber's Ich-Du.
When I read my last post — (Wabi-Sabi — don't you just love how that phrase rolls trippingly off the tongue?) — and then read each of the comments again, I was struck by the remarkable "Ich-Du" nature of our virtual relationship. When I look at your own blogs, and the content of the regular base of commenters, the "I-Thou" of our interactive meeting space is confirmed.
It is powerful, beneficient, and of great personal value. Go back. Read the comments from my last post, and read some from your own posts. It's an excellent meditation; and will surely lead to a deep feeling of wonder and appreciation for one another.
I-Thou (Ich-Du) Encounter Meeting
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