A New Mexico woman attempted to sell her soul on Ebay, according to news reports.

Describing it as a “slightly used soul,” the woman said she’s offering buyers a kind of a “Carfax” so they can see the black and white marks her soul has accumulated over the years.

But the woman named Lori isn’t selling her soul in some kind of weird macabre deal with the devil. You see, after being disabled in a drunk driving accident years ago, Lori told NBC 2 that she feels like she’s “at the end of her rope” and just wants to connect with another soul.

Now, it’s easy to read this and have a quick knee jerk blogger reaction of outrage. And believe me I can bring the knee jerk blogger reaction of outrage. But I just can’t feel outraged by this. Here we have a woman is so lonely and so desirous of connecting with others that she would at least figuratively sell her soul for some human contact. Now, according to news reports, bidding went up pretty fast from $100 to $405 before Ebay removed the item.

It’s a big fast moving world and maybe it’s no surprise that a woman in a wheelchair was overlooked. Remember when we used to think that technology would make the world smaller. Remember we used to say that technology put the world at our fingertips. But if any of that is true, then why is it that everyone feels so darn distant from each other? If we’re so in touch why does everyone seem so out of reach? Tweets, posts, and blogging were supposed to bring us together. But too often all we get are combox wars, monologues, and loneliness. Lots of loneliness.

I think that as a culture we may have gained the ability to connect with millions but lost the ability to connect with one person. We’re perfecting an amazing ability to be alone in a virtual crowd…

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