When it comes to politics, social issues, and current events, I post a lot on social media. I even dare to get involved in heated discussions. I might even leave a bad taste in your mouth because most people look to social media as an escape. However, I like my pages to represent balance (and reality) as I scroll along my merry way.
I know that what I think isn't always right, but I like to represent various thoughts in what seems like a vacume that we live in where all info is funnled into a bias pile of dirt.
I might ruin your mindless scroll down social media when you come across a fragment of reality. But here's why I do it and here's why I won't stop.
1. I don't want you to forget that these things are going on in our world while you're sipping coffee, posting to Instagram.
Something of significance happens- a shooting or a political upheaval- and everybody looks up from their screens for a moment to post a statement, perhaps add a Facebook filter over their profile pic, and have a fleeting opinion. Viral and done.
I know your head is in your....ummm...screen. I want your screen to represent a touch of reality though. It's too easy to get sucked in by the online world, which in no way represents the real world.
2. I want to change our voice in the social atmosphere so it doesn't sound like a philisophical discussion with Britney Spears.
I like world peace because...OMG spare me! Have you ever heard a Miss America contestant answer this question? Its excruciating. Unicorns rain down from the sky and proclaim world peace and we live happily ever after because they said so. There is no such thing as world peace if you respect free will. You can contribute to peace or not. But there is free will and you will may not coincide with my will. Therefore, problems arise. Therefore, we might think about protection against these problems.
To discuss peace, isn't acknowledging reality. And if you look around, not many people ARE acknowledging reality.
f you want to see the collective mind of the universe take a look at the media- one sided half-truths that do not represent our lives accurately. How accurate were the media in predicting Trump's win? Ok, there's my point. You've been fed untruths online.
If you want to hear the collective voice of the universe listen to social media- ranging from uneducated, impish voices to raging insults sprinkled with simple-minded entertainment.
I want to change our voice to match reality. Miss America contestants' discussions of peace are not reality.
As I scroll down my facebook newsfeed right this very second, I noted two posts about world events in about 50+ posts. I need to change that to represent just a touch of reality.
3. I post to inform people because I haven't yet convinced myself that people probably don't care. God, I'm hoping they just don't know.
It's also incredibly easy to ignore what is really going on around us because I'm probably the only friend you have on social media posting about politics or social issues. It doesn't mean I don't watch funny cat videos, it just means I am balanced. I enjoy both. I'm complex I suppose.
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes. Walt Whitman
There is enough to entertain us so that we do't have to look up and pay attention, but God forbid, you won't fall apart if you add a few layers to your page.
I care and I desperately want you to care too.
I know you have interests besides politics. I know you have a life that may not feel personally touched by anything you see in the headlines, but it actually makes me mad that you only pay attention when France gets attacked or cops have been brutally gunned down.
I post every day. Not to annoy you, but to let you know the truth. This sh*t is going on every day! It is not one status update. It is our world. It is your child's future. It is our livliehood.
I know you'd rather not see it, but we're not 5 anymore. We can't afford to pretend that If we close our eyes, it all goes away.
I wonder if anyone is reading. Are there truly this many people who don't care? I scroll through my friends' posts- they're talking about shoes and stretch marks.
The youth in our nation can't name a handful of presidents or even one other person in the house of representatives besides the president.
4. How do you handle problems? Or do you?
I talk about it. I hash it out. Too many people sweep that sh*t under a rug and pretend the problems don't exist until their kid is in jail for a DUI or they're going through their third divorce. Gee, do you think people might ignore their problems? Of course. It's blatantly apparent.
The first step to dealing with problems is the awareness of them. I know it's not pleasant at first but ignoring them can have catastrophic consequences. It's like an organization for instance, that has lots of layered problems in all departments (or how about the the swamp in D.C?), piled on top of each other. The employees smile on the outside but their boss is cringworthy and they hate the company culture so much so that it drains them phsyiologically. And yet the organization continues like a canerous growth over time. Nobody puts it in check.
Everybody needs to express themselves in some form- mine happens to be written form...with an opinion. Strong opinions can be useful to others. Those who were undecided or ambivalent can just adopt your stance or gain an ability to formulate their own. Those who disagree can solidify, defend, and empower their stance.