My wife was telling me the other day that my writing style and my speaking style are completely different. This observation was very interesting to me and got me to reflecting on just what those differences are. Now, obviously, there are certain things that simply do not translate well into speech…
There’s an old Latin adage, “in vino veritas”, or “in wine, truth” (in Greek, “Ἐν οἴνῳ ἀλήθεια”). Alcohol loosens our inhibitors and our natural-self or our “true self” comes out.
I think a new adage can be added, “internet veritas”.
I believe that the posts and comments we see online are a persons real self, their inner-self that in public, face-to-face actual contact with others their social inhibitors won’t let out. But behind a monitor and in front of the keyboard the true individual emerges, warts and all.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)
Perhaps as we have cultivated godliness in our actions and speech in our real-world persona, we should also take care to cultivate those same graces with our writing and our online persona.
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. (Colossians 4:6)