Barker: (n) a person who stands in front of a theater or sideshow and calls out to passersby to attract customers.
The two problems with self-promotion are that they contain a pair of dangerous concepts:
First, self. And second, promoting.
Combined, they create the nervous energy we all feel when people are thrusting themselves into the role of “barker,” to make us aware of what they consider to be a needful idea or product.
Basically, in our age most of the forms of communication are all about “barkers.”
Politics is full of barkers. Supposedly, the more you push, advertise, criticize and self-aggrandize, the better your chance to get a vote. No one stops to ask if this is actually true. It is a foregone conclusion by the pundits that if someone punches you, you should punch back, or if you remain silent too long or simply state your beliefs, you will be overthrown by the mass hysteria of those who generate a mob.
I was always a little uncomfortable with the idea of the evangelizing associated with Christianity. Because even though salvation is promised in the religious community, we first find ourselves barking at people, telling them how evil and destitute they are before we grant them the package of eternal life.
Of course, social media is nothing more than a bunch of technological barkers.
- “Look at my beautiful this…”
- “Check out my kid picking his nose, but in his case it’s cute…”
- “I just got promoted and bought a new car, so don’t you see how much better my life is than your mediocre one?”
Is it possible to quietly succeed?
Is there a path that takes us to heaven without a marching band?
And is there a way to enrich the lives of your brothers and sisters in the world without startling them with your approach?
If there is, I will seek to find it.
And if it is not possible, I will still refrain from being a barker … and quietly walk away into gentle and blissful obscurity.
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