I’m so sick and tired of people viewing the world in black and white. We no time for nuance in our posts, our streams. There’s no time and no space. I’m right you’re wrong, I’m wrong you’re right. Black. White.
On top of this, we have algorithmic bubbles, bubbles of views, where most of the ideas that I get to see, is ideas which I agree with. And if I don’t agree with it I can choose to see less of that particular content, I’m not reporting it, not blocking the person, just muting their PoV, and strengthening my own world view in the process.
When someone disagrees with us? We go to attack, we find faults in their grammar, we find faults in their cosmetics, we distill what we believe they are arguing for into two or three words letting them know that we aren’t interested in their ideological nonsense, and that they are wrong. You are dismissed.
Even when that person genuinely wants to open up a conversation, find an agreement, is there any common ground? What is the root of the problem in our society? What can we together do to fix it?
Even if we hate each other, we can only fix this if we work together, and find a root. Maybe we need a grass root, but we need to start growing.
The world is not the worst it’s ever been, it’s just that negative reporting gives more clicks, yields more money. It pays the rent. No one cares if things are going well. Heck, we don’t even care that much about the bad stuff that’s happening. We are too busy, too busy with work, 8-10hrs / day, maybe even 2 jobs, and kids. When are we going to have time to change the world? Someone else can do it for us.
It starts with you, and me, and your neighbor, and your friend’s best friends grandmother. We are all in this together, and we need to take steps to take care of each other. We need to just take a little bit of time to help someone else.
Not tomorrow, not next week. We have to start today.