We are inundated with information. But honestly, at the end of the day, how is my news feed filled with the story of the Maine Diner owner who yelled at the screaming toddler. I get it. I do. As a parent it hits something in me and stirs my emotions.
But at some point we are gonna have to look at the the hard things that are happening and not these little escapes. We are under attack by terrorists, we are hurting the earth to the point where its scary, we are over 50 years into the conversation on race and still struggling, and we are still picking each other apart because not everyone makes the same life choices as we do. We have to start thinking about what links we click on. If we want to know about what matters… we have to support the stories that do matter. Share those. We have to start thinking of solutions.
We have to start being in the world together. We have to start thinking about what we are supporting. What we want to matter. Is there a place for these stories– yes. But honestly, in a the world where there is so much spin, we have to get off the ride once in a while. We have to be more than consumers– which use to apply to just purchases. But now, honestly, we are consumers of information.
I’m guilty of it too. I have a lot of improvement to be made before I can say I am not part of the problem, but honestly, when I click on a link and its filled with more links to nonsense… I know I chose wrong. In a world where clicks and advertisements and my dollar is pushing content– I have to choose better on what I am inadvertently supporting.
I don’t want pictures of people’s grief plastered in a news story about a murder-suicide. That moment is none of my business and we should have respect for each other. That image does nothing to the gravity or, sadly, the all-too-constant reporting of these tragedies. I don’t want to care so much about Bruce Jenner and debate what kind of message becoming Caitlyn is sending. That debate is better between my neighbors and in the schools– where the hurt and the healing will happen. I don’t want to get caught up in how a Maine Diner owner decided to run her business one day– unless its about what kind of establishment I want to financially support. I just keep seeing us distracted and overwhelmed– we never finish one conversation before another begins. So, let’s be mindful of where we let the internet lead us. Which ads are on the page? What are the stories we follow? Or the ones we don’t stay with? What distracted us?
Lets be more than consumers. Let’s be participants.