Reasoning with Madness
"This is a barbaric yawp, and it will be sounded over the roofs of the world."
I'm constantly streamlining and weeding out my connections on social media to a pretty close group of friends and family due to the violent political idiocy, aggression, trolling and horrific disinformation sharing that I have seen. I don't need trolls in my life. Flame wars aren't funny or entertaining to me most of the time, even from well-intentioned friends.
If you're reading this, I implore you to start trimming your social feeds. Stop adding strangers (many are fake profiles). When you see bullshit from someone you don't actually know on social media, don't engage, just delete and block them. Report them if it's bad enough.
There is a psychological war happening against you and every one of us, and it takes skepticism and restraint to fight back. If you find yourself getting depressed or angry BECAUSE of social media, that's the war I'm talking about. I'm not gonna be that guy who says to get off of social media (although it's good to take breaks and if you can get out entirely more power to ya).
Just know as we head into 2020, there are very powerful dark forces at work and they're attacking us constantly with disinformation, lies and half truths.
I'm not talking about "fake news" like the NYTimes or WaPo (actual news services). I'm talking about fb groups run by strangers, memes that fire you up, click bait bloggers whose sole job is to manufacture unrest to get under your skin and chisel away at your peace of mind.
It is literally a war against your mind, your thinking and your sanity and their goal is to divide us, hurt us, make us stupid and hate each other. The forces are wide reaching from our own insidious government to foreign agents to the very owners of these social "media" sites.
With one of the most brutal presidential elections on the horizon, there's a lot at stake.
Don't just mindlessly scroll.
Be critical of what you see, who you are "friends" with and what you choose to embrace or chastise.
Be kind to people you care about. Eject anyone you don't know, especially if you find them constantly shitposting or attacking your own circles.
Friend counts don't matter in real life. Don't be a head collector.
Quality over quantity.
Be critical, compassionate and don't let the bastards win.
Who Am I?
I am Ahab.