Over these past four years here at Michigan State University, I have observed many things about our societal culture and the ways in which we interact. There are many thoughts and ideas I have to share about my observations, however, today I would like to share just one of them.
One of the most peculiar phenomena I noticed while attending college actually happened on a daily basis. Whenever I found myself walking to class, going to the cafeteria to eat, or even just going to the gym, I noticed how people would rarely ever look at me in passing and smile or say hello. I began to wonder to myself, "Am I really that transparent, or is there something deeper going on here?"
After a lot of research and multiple communications courses in pursuit of my major, I began to realize that we have adapted an extremely disconnected state of mind within our society. It has become the "norm" to look away from one another and stare down at our cell phones, rather than to embrace one another and share a simple smile.
I now draw the conclusion that our happiness is directly correlated to the connections we share within our own being, within our families, and within our communities. So today I want you to forget your worries, find a reason to smile, and reach out to the world and people surrounding you in order to spark a re-connection!
Nathan M. Belyk
Marketing Communications Specialist
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition