Today’s topic is questionnaires/quizzes. Ever take one on Facebook? Which Golden Girl are you? What state should you be living in? What’s your rock star name? Only English teachers can answer these 50 questions . . .
Y’all often help me with Southern Living web stories by answering my Southerner on the Street polls. (By the way “things Southerners are picky about” still goes through the roof every time they repost it. Thank you, thank you.)
Why do we like “who are you” and “what do you think” quizzes? If you read the comments on those Southern Living posts that you help me with, you’ll start to see a pattern. Most are saying, in one way or another, either “Me, too!” or “Not me!”
I’m more interested in the “Me, too” group, not just because they’re the biggest but because they say something about our disjointed world. People are longing to connect, I think, even if it’s over something as simple as whether there should be Duke’s, Blue Plate, or Hellman’s in the potato salad.
All the political and social divisiveness we’re dealing with doesn’t just hover above our heads but seeps down and hits us where we live. It makes us feel separated, detached, and lonely.
But we aren’t meant to be solitary creatures. We are meant to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are meant for communion with each other and with God. Let’s try that . . .
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