One lesson I remember well was their lesson on why we don't need to no what the other person is thinking. In this episode, Gilligan happens across some seeds that give people the power to read other people's thoughts. By the end of the show everyone is angry with each other as they hear everything they never heard before. (see below) Gilligan sees the problem and knows the only solution is to burn the plant that makes the seeds.
Keeping ones thoughts to themselves is a gift we often don't appreciate either. We sometime's think that being able to read another person's thoughts would be a wonderful power to have (mostly save us the energy of moving our lips), but in reality it's more dangerous than you can imagine. Gilligan shows us that while we can have these thoughts, as long as they don't turn into actions we can live with each other in harmony. In short,
THOUGHTS DO NOT EQUATE WITH ACTIONS
We can have ill thoughts about another person, but unless those thoughts translate into some perceivable action, they don't really exist (except of course to God who sees all).
Today, we willing let others read our minds on a daily basis. We do this not with magic seeds, but with social media as we spill out our thoughts constantly. We post videos, comments and pictures on every subject imaginable (politics, sports, work, fitness, relaxation, social issues, religion etc), and let everyone around us know what we THINK. If people LIKE our comment or reply with positive comments we feel accepted and empowered. But if people leave negative comments (or people you think should at least LIKE don't respond) we feel anger and vilified. If repeated, we might change the persons relationship to us on social-media to "acquaintance" or "blocked". It might even cause us to physically remove them from our lives by ignoring them or avoiding them in person.
Personally, I think the social media experiment has been an utter failure. It has caused us to migrate into smaller and smaller circles rather than become closer to each other. We say things to each other on Facebook we would never say to them in person. We also have replaced a physical contact with a person (verbal over the phone or in person) with a "LIKE" or a "Have a nice day!" comment. We think that pressing a LIKE/SEND button equates to being there for the person physically. Our friends and family sitting right next to us are yearning for help and support all the while we are online sending "our thoughts and prayers" to people we barely know.
The answer to the problem comes from Gilligan. First, we need to burn our mind-reading-seed-bush by deleting our Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts and other social media. But after we have done that we need to ask for forgiveness and go back to being REAL FRIENDS.