Yesterday I mentioned, in part 1 of this series, that we say “believe what you want” as a final refrain or retort when we have given up in trying to convince someone of an idea or fact. And these days we tend–in western circles, anyway — to discuss serious issues which affect us all the more often — due, probably, to many social factors–not the least relevant being social media ubiquity.
In the era of ever-expanding online communication, which reaches us on our ever-present pocket oracles, we all are made aware of daily worldwide issues–small and large–ad infinitum — up to the minute that they break. In addition, daily traditional media, such as the nightly news broadcasts on TV and the many comedy variety shows all remind us of the hot topics from social media. It can be overwhelming — especially when there was a madman in the White House. But — rather than close down and be out of the loop of information and not participating in discussions about issues that affect us all, we can apply a sense of balance and know how to choose our concerns in a kind of triage, so we can get involved and talk about what is most pressing in ever-expanding groups of well-meaning individuals; this way we can work together to make the world a better place.
Beyond the main — of exchanging pleasantries, coordinating appointments with friends and sharing common interests — these discussions can be the big benefit of social media — for the maintenance of community and even of democracy itself — and can thus contribute to the improvement and quality of life.
Now — seemingly innocuous issues brought to our door–-or to our “timeline” from time to time–like those of the moon-hoaxers, flat-earthers, and the consequential issues which take center stage and occupy our attention–perhaps moving useless and harmful gossip off the table.
It is precisely because such seemingly innocuous issues were ignored and socially accepted, that we are having such trouble with the “more consequential issues” of a similar type.
I’ll let that sit with you and I’ll continue here tomorrow.
Thanks–as always–for reading, and I wish you love, peace, joy, imagination and enlightenment.
C. Charles Atteniese,
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