The golden era of social media is supposed to usher the greatest value of communication to mankind. It is meant to build bridges between people, between races, between cultures, and between politics.
But rather than aspiring to find the common ground for our harmonious co-existence, we build walls and pedestals so high beyond the reach of others. While the social media became a celebrated platform for us to express our beliefs beyond the limits of our physical existence, our connection becomes of so disconnected and our integration results to our very own disintegration.
We express our patriotism. We show our politics. We display our beliefs. But not on the intention to unite and dwell on the common cause but to break others apart. We don’t always have to agree. But we must empower each other. We must build bridges across our differences to pursue the common good.
Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from heaven. We should handle them carefully, always looking for opportunities to reach each other’s hearts. But many of us build too many walls and not enough bridges.
A smile is greater than the brightest argument if it can win a broken heart. A hug is the biggest compliment of all if it can mend a discouraged cause. A knowledge is sharper that two-edged sword if it can build bridges and not to create conflicts.
To build bridges does not mean to annihilate others. Bridges need the two sides to stand tall and strong. No bridge can serve its purpose by only standing on one side.
Let us build bridges, my friend. Bridges that connects human dignities across the gulf separated by pride and prejudice. We must build bridges that are stronger than hatred, disgust, and abhorrence.
Let us build bridges of love that connect different people over that pathway of kindness and pillars of trust.