Posts Tagged ‘needs’

A Polymath’s Dream

January 20, 2009

As a relatively new user to twitter and its related applications I am in rare form. My rare form being defined as drinking from the fire hose of twitter connectedness and re-tweeted knowledge. Although I’m reluctant to call myself a polymath, I certainly possess many of the classical tendency’s and traits. These traits, along with access to random and seemingly unlimited information and discussion, test the true meaning of learning exponentially. This environment also provides for a whole new world of connections to discover.

I’ve studied multiple subjects to earn a living and for pure pleasure. After all I am labeled a learner by Gallup. Normally I give all attempts to profile me such as Gallup the appropriate ‘grain of salt’ treatment and move on. However, this is a specific characteristic they nailed. One I’ve embraced with zeal. Lets just say that if funds and time were available I would be in some sort of formal education for life. Informal learning is just the next breath away.

What I find interesting though isn’t the ability to learn or the availability of the information but the need of social interaction to find a purpose for it. A thought occurred to me as I read the general description of a polymath today. Specifically this sentence stood out. “Thus the gifted men of the Renaissance sought to develop skills in all areas of knowledge, in physical development, in social accomplishments and in the arts.” So my take is meaning and purpose is not found solely in knowledge or learning but in the social interaction that follows. Greater understanding seasons social interactions like salt, increasing their flavor.

I can say for me personally that social interaction whether face to face or on-line is the point where I receive the most satisfaction. Thanks to my latest surge in learning I better understand that my satisfaction truly originates from helping others. For me this is a great day. Because today I know myself a little better.

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Twitter for Missionaries

January 19, 2009

This is my first post on wordpress. Compared to my previous blog host, wordpress is a dream come true. So kudos to wordpress. Now to the point.

A missionary from Kazakhstan spoke to our Sunday school crowd today. She told us about the day to day lives of the people she to whom she ministered and how she felt inadequate in meeting their needs. These folks were not asking for the latest fashion or gadget. They were begging for flour to feed their children. People moved from one village to another so they would have water to drink. Day to day survival is the focal point of life.

The government, who should be taking care of their people, is corrupt and opposes anyone who might help. This lady wasn’t even sure she would be able to return to the people she had lived among for ten plus years as her visa might be denied. The whole situation is in God’s good hands.

Somewhere during her presentation the thought occurred to me that twitter was the perfect tool for missionaries. If the country or location they were serving allowed uncensored posting, the missionary could post updates for their supporters to follow real time. There’s nothing quite as compelling as seeing the resources you provided enabling and changing lives in the hands of our Lord’s servants. This might even get twitter a view on your Church’s center screen.

Another benefit is the ability to use twitter to make new connections. The people on location could gain new supporters through twitter networks that are currently unknown to them. This might land them some much needed support and resources.

Well my two circuits connected and you just read the result. I’m sure their are things I’m overlooking. What do you think? Am I tooting an old horn in ignorance? How would you expand this post? The learner in me needs a lesson.