We have incredible amounts of information at our fingertips. Anyone with a smartphone can get educated about whatever they are interested in—for free. But something has gone terribly wrong. What was once dubbed the Age of Information can now rightfully be called the Age of Misinformation… and we are all a part of the problem.
I get it. Controversy screams at us in a sea of endless information. It self-perpetuates through a cycle of clicks and shares and is fueled by supporters, trolls and outrage.
But at what point will we stop and realize that this trend has turned into a harmful addiction?
When will we realize that we have created an undercurrent of division that has played right into the hands of those who generate the acrimony, and have, quite frankly, succeeded in disrupting our society far beyond their wildest dreams?
When will we accept responsibility for our own part in creating this online phenomenon?
And when will we collectively realize that the only solution is to stop clicking on everything that triggers us, to stop feeding the monster of division?
It’s easy to blame others, such as media companies, social media platforms, political parties, places of worship that sow division and hatred instead of watering the seeds of love and compassion, individuals who wear the troll label as a badge of honor, and others who contribute to this problem.
You can blame people who have different theologies and ideologies, choose a different lifestyle, and so on and so forth. You can blame everyone but yourself… but only you can stop feeding the monster.
Stop Feeding the Addiction
Division craves attention. If we collectively starve the screamers, the trolls, the conspiracy theorists, the controversialists, and everyone else who is contributing to the problem by not giving them our eyeballs, clicks, and outrage…. well… who knows what might happen.
The least we can do is try.
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