Has our public discourse become baiting each other?
I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that most of the things I read are designed to bait people emotionally and not to educate them.
I see this over and over. Often something that someone has written is so arrogant or just mean-spirited it makes me want to respond. Then I think about the purpose of responding. Will my response educate people, or just add noise?
I mentioned before one of my beliefs is “to not condemn and not convert”. When I speak it is people who want to hear what I say. Too often in the past I made the mistake of trying to tell people things they didn’t want to hear. No longer. I tell people what they want to hear, because literally they can’t hear anything else.
This is what I see when I read articles. Both CNN and FOX pander to their audiences. Who has the truth anymore? According to research the magazine “The economist” is the least biased publication currently. I don’t read that however, and I am not advocating that as a source of truth. Just saying that bias is clear in all publications.
I understand that posting something inflammatory or pandering is going to get likes. If likes are all you want, then great. It seems to me that as adults we can do more than this. We can search for truth right?
I don’t know what the truth is but it is clear it is not what is currently happening in society. When people are so polarized and unable to listen, it is clear this is not what makes society work. When half of society is angry and enjoys baiting the other half, how can we exist?
As children we acted in ways that were hurtful and mean spirited to one another. As we grow up do we really need to continue acting like children? Can we respect each other now? Please?
- Lies never are beneficial
- “Distrust all those in whom the urge to punish is strong.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Unconnecting with LinkedIn contacts who advocate hurting others
- Lies in society we accept as true
- Truth is not based on convenience.