I gave my leftover pizza to a woman on the street who was hungry. Should I have paused, taken a selfie and then posted said selfie? Should I have taken a picture with her? It would seem to me that a picture in such a moment is tacky and takes away the very dignity and comfort you are hoping the pizza will provide the person. Yet, I have seen Instagram and Facebook posts of such moments.
At times, one may be able to argue that posting ones act of kindness may serve as inspiration to others. Yet such an argument or sentiment of inspiring others seems to be more about narcissism. Am I wrong in thinking that? Am I wrong in passing judgement?
Seems like we grapple with these questions of “to post or not to post” every few seconds. Someone mentioned to me recently that her elderly relative wanted every moment of their overseas trip documented by a photograph that would then be posted onto Facebook. I shrugged slightly. If you are 83 years old why not post every thing, including dentures cleaning and bowel movements. Sure. Why not put your story and narrative out there? But would you also want to be posted about as the recipient of an act of kindness?
Everything is up for grabs, it seems, when we are experiencing life. It’s your story. Why not get it out there, I suppose. But we need to keep the dignity of others intact as well, right?
That’s my short thought of the day.
Carry on. Be well.