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Do Automatic Garage Door-Openers Add to the Suicide Rate??

One of the saddest inventions to me was the invention of the automatic garage door opener.  Even though it is a great back-saver, it has also resulted in even less community interaction within our neighbourhoods.  In the past, we had to get out of our cars in order to open our garage doors, thus enabling at least a brief moment to wave to our neighbours.  Nowadays in our high-tech society, we can travel from one cocoon (our car) into another cocoon (our house), without ever having to acknowledge the existence of another human being.

Is it mere coincidence that the North Shore News is now full of personal ads by lonely North Shore residents?  The very instruments of mass communication and high technology often end up leaving us feeling more and more alone and cut off from real communication and community. So often it seems that we are too busy and exhausted to do a simple thing like caring for our neighbours.  Jesus said "Do to others as you would have them do to you."  He also said "Love your neighbour as yourself."  His words remind me that no matter how busy we are, we need to be neighbours who care

There are a growing number of people in the Seymour/Deep Cove area who are taking time in their busy schedules, to show that they really care for their neighbourhood.  Loving neighbourhoods are made up of loving neighbours.  All of us would like to live in a community where our neighbours really cared for and supported each other.  In our urbanized, fast-paced world, we can easily end up as strangers to each other even on the same block.

Why do so many people today feel lonely and unloved, despite their outer success?? Click to find out more...

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