Jim Gilliam’s Inspiring Story

I really wanted to discuss this video we watched in class the other day on Jim Gilliam, the founder of NationBuilder. At first, by looking at the title, I thought “how could the internet be anyone’s religion?” But then I became totally engaged in Jim’s amazing story, and I totally forgot what his original statement was.

I think the thing I found most fascinating about Jim’s story was how much of an impact his use of his blog had through his struggle with cancer and a double lung transplant. It not only offered him inspiration to stay strong, but actually physically helped him survive.

After Jim’s mom died of cancer, and he came close to death, he explained that he lost faith in God, but still had faith in the internet – faith in people. He told the audience that the reason he was still alive was because of the people who followed him and his blog. His faith was in “people connected through the internet” because “God is what happens when humanity is connected.”


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