Isolation, Society

Social Media: 1,000 Ways to Say Nothing.

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The rapid growth of social media platforms and their popularization have done great things in the way of connecting us but perhaps little in the way of making us better thinkers. The massive followings garnered by celebrities with nothing profound or moving to say is not difficult to see. The modern deification of technology means that most if not all technological advances are seen as good while refusal to accept them or integrate them into one’s life is seen as stubborn, backward, or primitive. While it is foolish to forgo the efficiency of communication now allowed us, is it not also foolish to use them with the belief that their usage is a sign of individual progress? As if attaching one’s identity to the progress of technology makes one progressive as well.

Much of the social media world is redundant with most differences between platforms happening at the interface and target audience levels. All this aside, if no one has much of anything to say but still speaks what will the communication landscape look like? Does having access to the internet mean that we will access the largest storehouse of human understanding or masturbate to porn? This is the irony of promoting new social media technology under the auspices that it connects us like never before. To say that we are more connected than ever before carries with it the tacit implication, or rather implied truth, that being connected through social media is good and that those connections are equivalent to the ones made in real life. If they are the same then there is no dilemma here, but if they aren’t why are they different and do these differences undermine our original notions of being connected with a layer of superficiality?

The physical realm is not only disappearing in resource exploitation but in human interactivity as well. Without questioning the nature of friendship too greatly could we not find that maybe most of the people we interact with over our media platforms are not necessarily a part of our living life? By living life we mean to say the physical reality we live in, sure their comments may affect us and their presence can be said to be felt through images and videos but these are still virtual manifestations. We have moved from keeping up with the friends we know to befriending people we don’t.

There are no right or wrong answers here, but some time soon sit down alone and run through your social media profiles. Ask yourself why you are friends with someone and then think about what a friend is.

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Isolation, Society

Society: What’s your pill?

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What’s your pill? Is it a form of indulgent entertainment, drugs, sex, or some other potential vice? These things may not be bad in moderation, or even at all. However if you go to something daily to keep you from facing the rest of the day or to delay the coming of tomorrow you may be holding a pill. Not a plastic little pill, but a social tranquilizer. A good or service used to dope you down to an amicable fool. Something you feel you need every day just to deal with the day. You may tell yourself you enjoy it or that it is your right to continue to do it because it bothers no one else but those are the easiest and emptiest arguments one can field to rationalize behavior. We do not address the why’s of our situations only the how’s. How do I feel better? How do I look pretty? How do I feel wanted?

Luckily there are many options available to give you relief from these difficulties but none them are rooted in yourself. None of them ask you for an honest evaluation. Maybe depression isn’t always a brain problem, maybe its the result of a trying and draining job, an abusive relationship, or a sense of purposelessness.

We cannot be so daft as to believe that all is well as long as we take this pill or that. The supreme joy of working cannot be this citizens ailment, it must be in his brain if his body is sound, write him a prescription for opiates. This one isn’t dying from exposure to toxic substances, their body is fragile and given to cancer and exotic diseases so let us cure them with more chemicals.

The difference between a pill and a passion is remembrance. People do not forget what they are passionate about, they almost always forget what they find trivial. Stop and think some time this week about what you’ve done with your free time. What do you remember?

It is not what we say we feel, it is what we do that best illustrates our feelings. Then again, maybe we just forget about all the things we enjoy.

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Isolation

Alone: Do not let them die alone…

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We all know one of them, the people who are lost. The ones perhaps unable to distract themselves from reality. They are crying out in silence to anyone willing to listen, anyone willing to acknowledge them at a time when they have started the dark process of no longer acknowledging themselves. It is not your duty to reinvigorate them through companionship nor partake in the inevitable fellowship that follows from genuine concern for another. However, we challenge you to do it, we challenge you to relieve yourself of the hesitations of reaching out to another and perform this deed for the sake of the action itself. Embrace what it means to them and halt your own comfort for that moment required to lock eyes with them.

If you can muster the courage to do so, you will begin to enter the ranks of those gifted enough to overcome their own insecurities to give security to another.

Even more triumphant is the one who comes to terms with their darkness and longing and reaches out to others to cure their own malady. Becoming the person they had desperately hoped to meet, resolving to remove theĀ  bars of their own prison, these are among the ones who will change things for the better.

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