With all the shocking headlines and incisive commentary presenting itself these days, I find myself wondering: at what point do we notice just how self righteous people — perhaps myself included — have become in our engagement with this media? Of course, we need people to comment. We need people to question. We need people to write interrogations of the terrible and strange things that happen in our world. No doubt about that.
However, I would also posture that the many terrible and strange things currently happening in our world and being commented on likewise deserve a certain level of introspection coming out of the production and sharing of said content. That is, something terrible or weird happens. And then people write something like: This is terrible, I can't believe it! What is our world coming to? Deplorable human beings, that's what they are. Just... deplorable! And then the social media lynch mob reads those words, nods their heads, gets all emotionally ratcheted, up and exclaims: Yeah! You're right. They're deplorable!
The implication all the while being that we are the good people, and they are the bad or weird ones. But just because we don't do this or that terrible thing, it does not exclude us from looking at the terrible things happening at the world with a little bit of introspection when we encounter it. I mean, how many articles are written with the subject lines, "I was a rat bastard today, and here's why"? Not very many, to my knowledge. Because it's easier to be a self righteous commentator and critic than it is to be a person who is willing to own their stuff and think deeply about how they might affect proactive change in their context.
Anyway, just a thought I had today. Does anyone else feel the same way? If so, maybe we should launch a blog that shares news about the bad things we do and the bad thoughts we have every day. I wonder how much engagement a blog like that would get?