(First published on June 7, 2009)

A connection between places, persons, events, or things. One element of a chain.

That’s how Wiktionary defines the word link. There are other meanings of course, some of them technical, but that will suffice for now. Actually we could have stopped at connection and still grasp the sense of the word.

One cool thing about blogging is that when there’s a subject you need to discuss in detail but which has already been written about, you can easily write a key phrase and insert a link. No need to re-write something that has already been written, only to bore those readers who had already read it. So for example, if some readers are not geeky enough to understand what I am talking about, I could either explain about hyperlinks (which would annoy my technical readers) or I can just ask you to click here.

Moving on, link has also been defined as a connection between people. Connection. Ah, I love that word. I think all humans have this basic need to connect – even the sociopaths, albeit in less desirable ways.

So what does it mean to connect? It means a lot actually, and connecting with another human being seems to make us feel even more human, acknowledging the essence of our being. To connect means extending one’s boundaries, overlapping with another person’s space. Of course it isn’t always comfortable, and sometimes it even gets ugly. But when two people connect, when they click, that’s got to be one of the most beautiful things in this world.

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