Observations of life by author and poet Charles L. Chatmon. (Matthew 16:18)
When I created this blog fifteen years ago, the world was much different than it is now. There was no social media, no repetitive hashtags to promote a cause or a movement, and definitely civility was present. You could actually talk with people who agree or disagreed with your position. The point of this entry may be yet another attempt to vent on the changes of today. Who knows? Perhaps it will not. Let's see.
Somewhere along the way, we lost something. Whether it was civility or common sense, to piggyback on the last entry, we stopped becoming humane and decided our voice is bigger than our reason. Perhaps it's the availability of the mediums we use now; Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other sites where you can send a recorded file that allows listeners to hear your case or blogs such as this one where you can be heard. We are now living in a society where there are a plethora of ideas floating around the web and in our culture that have taken hold. We use them as hashtags, chant these ideas in the streets as slogans or promote them on video either by a presentation or a commentary. It's true weâre never going back to the way things used to be, but if we the listeners and readers of all this content just decide to be more deliberate with our choices, perhaps it would serve us well as an online community to decide which of these causes or movements are helpful, and which are not.
We can all agree that perhaps the effects of social media can cause instability in the mind. There's so much information presented as the actual truth when most of it is just opinions, ideas, conspiracy theories taking root in the mind, it's too much to bear. This much is true, unless you the user decide to investigate for yourselves whether what you're listening is true, we will forever be trapped in a web of hearsay and opinion. Not everyone you read or listen to has the best intentions. They're just there to gather followers, likes and so forth to capture an audience. You decide whether or not you want to be part of an audience who's addicted to something that sounds and feels like the truth when actually it could be all a lie. You reader, deserve more than what you've been fed. Choose wisely, even reading this blog. I won't be offended if you find my well-reasoned posts aren't to your liking. It's up to you. It's your choice and your right.
If we want the world to return to the way it used to be, we have to accept opinions as just that: opinions. They are not facts. Maybe I write something that sounds like it makes sense but unless there's no verifiable proof to why I expressed my argument, it's up to you reader to continue supporting me or not. I would argue you should take that approach with any YouTube channel, blog or other social medium. Life is too short to be captured by online madness. You reader, deserve much more than the voices we hear everyday on this medium. We all do. Choose wisely and perhaps we will return to a civilized society even if our internet in some spots isn't the same.