In today’s society, more people seem more interested in juicy gossip than they are interested in truth, trust or respect for others. Tabloids are still popular in supermarkets because people want to consume “dirt” about celebrities. Co-workers in a company gossip about each other to try to get an edge, demean others for their own benefit, and appear as a source of salacious tidbits that seemingly lift people out of the humdrum of mundane daily life. Even people at churches spread gossip about other churchgoers, turning prayer requests into fuel for gossip.
In today’s society, we guard our privacy at all cost, and at the same time it seems that we have this deep hunger that yearns for intimacy; we yearn to be intimate with our spouses, our children, our co-workers, yet it seems we are unable to achieve this and every day we grow more distant. We are social, but we poor at being intimate. It is evident that a conflict exists between our desire to be private and our desire for intimacy.