A reluctant user to begin with, I am becoming even less of a fan of social media.
I know that writers are supposed to have blogs and Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. I know that self-promotion is part of the deal if you want people to buy your stuff. But all the “look at me” stuff is difficult for me to take.
I was dismayed to see that “selfie” was recently chosen as the Word of the Year. Bluh. . . . Are we all really THAT self-absorbed?
As I am wont to do, I tried to put things into astrological terms. Social media is very much a child of the Aquarian Age. Aquarius rules all things social and all things electronic. It is the symbol for friendships and groups and intellectual exchange.
So maybe we humans are just trying to figure out who we are collectively. Maybe all this navel gazing is our way of understanding how each of us individuals fits into the group, which is, after all, a big part of what Aquarius means.
But we should also remember that Leo is the other side of the Aquarian coin. Some of the challenging aspects of Leo include self-centeredness, arrogance, childishness, and look-at-me-ness.
Perhaps we humans just have a need to be a bit egocentric on our way to becoming evolved and enlightened. After all, how can we know the creature we are trying to improve unless we examine it closely?
For me, I am going to try to fuse the best of Aquarius and the best of Leo: social awareness (Aquarius) with a heart (Leo). Unless it comes from the heart, I’m not putting it out there.
What do you think about social media?