With the closing of G+ I like so many of my fellow G+’ers have wandered into the wasteland of the internet to find a new home. I’ve tried on a quite a few different sites and platforms. The closest online home I’ve found has remained one of my firsts, blogging. So here I remain at WordPress. However, I have kept a foothold in Twitter. Mostly to promote my blogs, though I have no idea if it is effective or not. But over this last weekend, I jumped into the black hole that Twitter becomes from time to time.
I do not like Twitter. And it’s not the platform I dislike. It’s the people. I don’t like the people. And I laugh at this simple truth that I know most are afraid to admit much less say out loud or commit to writing. I don’t like most people. It’s very freeing to admit this to myself. And it is why I am saying humanity is not ready.
Ready for what exactly? Twitter gave me a glimpse into what it would be like if we all were mind readers. It would be bloodshed. The simple fact that most people do not like most people and having to hear their thoughts in their head will create aggression that only silencing those thoughts will calm. And that is exactly what I have been seeing on Twitter, aggression based in natural human dislike of differences. Being different taps a primal fear of rejection, taps an aggression to form tribes, taps into a very basic need to be accepted. And internet services like Twitter that expose users to mass diverse opinion will always create tension and aggression until the day humanity is ready to accept differences. We are not there yet. I’m not sure humanity will ever be there.
And as dire as this prediction is, science fiction and fantasy authors have chewed on this topic for a long time. They recognized the need to protect and isolate private thoughts. Not all thoughts need to be accessed by a collective. Thought needs a bit more refinement, a bit more careful consideration before it is formed enough to be exposed.
We all want to express and be heard but more than that we all want to be excepted for who we are no matter our thoughts. This is a difficult request to demand from strangers. But that is what we internet users are asking strangers to do when we use platforms that encourage off the cuff, knee jerk reactions to any sundry topic that crosses in front of our eyes. And we wonder why some places are cesspools? This is why.
Humanity is not ready to use the tools we’ve built. Not yet. We are slowly learning the consequences of not being careful with our thoughts. It doesn’t take much for someone to call for doxxing and have people pick up the call and carry it out. Mob justice is nothing new but what is new is how quick it comes and how easy it is to stir it up. It doesn’t take much for someone to call for murder and someone else, someone who they have never met to agree and then carry it out. Throughout humanity’s history mob justice has existed. It has torn apart countries, communities, families all for was is nothing more than differences.
Humanity is still an infant. I think we are reaching the terrible two’s where demanding our way and having tantrums are commonplace. It is also where we learn to identify ourselves, learn patience and form better questions. It’s also where we learn how to use the potty if we hadn’t done so before. And to take pride that we are no longer shitting in our pants. But humanity is a two-year-old, still filling up our pants and screaming for a lolly instead of asking for it.
The way I see it, we have two choices. We can shut up and not express our differences and keep it to ourselves and form society into some homogeneous form or we can learn to accept and embrace our differences. I’m not a person who takes the easy way out of anything. And I know most people are like water, seeking the level by the easiest way. Closing our minds might end up with a kind of Utopia but it will be static. Things that are static are dying. That path lies extinction. So, I’m going the hard route, we have to embrace our differences…this means we accept we are different and that’s okay. It means, sometimes there needs to be harsh boundaries that are respected. Sometimes it means, knowing when to speak and when it’s unwise to do so. It means, knowing every individual no matter their differences still deserve love and acceptance. It means, we must act in love when we interact with each other. We must feel this truth to the core of our being.
And this is why I say humanity is not ready. Humanity doesn’t love, not yet. Humanity is learning how to love, how to see beyond self-interest. It’s a simple truth, each one of us humanity. Each one of us is part of one whole. Our differences do not erase how much the same we are. It’s the way we deal with our differences that define us.
It’s the way we deal with our differences that define us.
So walk in love. Be careful with your thoughts. Weight and measure them. Remember there is far more the same than different for each and every one of us.