Who Detached Us
At the peak of racial tension, with America almost completely divided I see no need to comment on the cultural divide. On all sides exist a majority of blind followers, ignorant leaders, and a few intellects to scared to take the appropriate steps. I cannot solve the race issue or the corrupt law enforcement issue from behind a computer. If I actually thought that was possible I would have to turn my self into an institution for serious evaluation. You may be inspired by my writing, but when has it ever inspired you enough to get up, go outside, and do something. When has my writing ever lit fire in your soul that could not be put out within a few hours or just by a simple distraction such as a phone call about tonight's bar hop. We are all so caught up in our own bullshit, that we are incapable of changing the world we live in. Maybe not only incapable but genuinely disinterested. We use social media to make others think we are doing our part to make the world better, but actually we are just blindly mashing buttons to give a false sense of support.
Stuck in a world where, scrolling, double tappin, and right swiping is considered human interaction or support. We used to be connected, who detached us.
I am truly disappointed in what social media and the internet has done to the world. If video games weren't enough social media has consumed adults and kids alike. Lets drop three quick scenarios:
Boys no longer have to go out into the world to meet the girl of their dreams. They can scroll through their timeline or newsfeed and find loads of hotties depending on their like history and who their following. So this removes the whole substance criteria for both sides. You would never exist if your mom didn't think your dad had substance (unless of course your parents union was based on a power move, then substance is transformed into currency). In the future my fear is that kids will ask their parents how they came into existence and their parents might say something dumb like..
This may be funny but the truth is its sad and it shows how social media has desensitized us. "Get through the random d#%& pics and sexts in your inbox and you might find Mr. Right" get the hell outta here. The dating scene is quickly dying the internet has given us crazy amounts of reach in terms of where we go hunting for significant others or a "one nighter". Hopefully on the trip you don't get catfished. Back in the day if you wanted something exotic you had to travel to new lands and find new people that came with new experiences. Back in the day a man had to go through the process of gaining a women's trust in order to break down her guard and see her in all of her natural beauty. Sadly, nowadays all you got to do is a go a few days back on her page to see some of that scantily clad pics from her weekend activities. I'm not going after women who are comfortable in their skin, but for the "Thirst Traps" that last part applies to you. Sadly with the creation of more advanced cell phones there is a lot of footage in the cloud of average Joe's and Joseline's in flagrante delicto. With the invention of snapchat I could tell you who the last woman some of my friends have slept with. Its crazy, but this has truly helped in my decision to live an independent life. The woman who contains the moral character I seek will have a hard time making it out of this era and into my arms unscathed.
Another issue is the false sense of activism. Lets for instance, take a look at the situation right now; Racism and police brutality have become a pressing issue in society. It's hit the front burners of our stoves. How many people are actually making a difference though? Can we define activism as the amount of controversial videos you've liked? Maybe the amount of videos you shared. How bout the amount of people that liked your shared videos? I won't lie a share goes way further than a like, but this only counts as the first step "awareness". After awareness there are many more steps before we can truly fix the problems we have in society. It takes 1 second to like a post. It takes 2 seconds to share a post. It takes 3-4 seconds to share a post with a hashtag for increased traction. Do you think revolutionaries spent a few seconds fueling up their troops before taking their issues to the corrupt governments they were stuck under. Do you think if Gandhi had a Facebook he could have sent out a message saying " Meet up at the spot. 3 PM Sharp! #ProtestingPeacefully #BritishColonialismMustGO" and got as much done as he did? Would people have truly listened, learned, and applied his teachings if he existed in current times. I don't know if he could have surpassed Pokemon Go supporters. The world we live in today thinks catching pikachu is more important in the grand scheme of things than a country's freedom from foreign rule. This weeks vine compilation has become more important than taking time out to hear what hardships a close friend might be going through. Putting a post up of a family member whose battling cancer with #FuckCancer in the caption has become an easier way of showing support than taking time out to go check on them, maybe play a game of connect four or something. Instead of giving people our time we give them a moment of fame on our IG account. We use and abuse each others trials and tribulations in order to gain momentary fame. Stop saying #FreeMyDawg on snapchat after he gets himself locked up when you should've been motivating him to do better the last time you saw him. Support comes in many forms but shout-outs ain't one.
One thing I will say is at least Pokemon Go brought people out of their houses and into the world. Sadly these people lack the common sense to survive in this the real world. Their is a list of dangerous scenarios people have ran into and although it seems far-fetched I'm not that surprised. Players of Pokemon Go have run into some of the lovely horrors the REAL WORLD has to offer. Between the finding of dead bodies, the injuries racked up, and the planned robberies you would think people would learn some valuable life lessons. Not exactly, because everyone swears it couldn't happen to them. I personally believe the people experiencing these hardships have not lived their lives at the bottom of the intelligence barrel. They just have become detached with life itself over the years. When we lose touch with society and dive into the E-World we lack the necessary skills for survival. Pokemon has helped us realize how weak we have become mentally and socially.
With all this being covered I want to clear up some things. There are positive and productive uses for the internet and social media. Awareness as I mentioned is an important one but we must limit ourselves. The internet must be done in moderation. Same goes for social media. I covered three separate issues showing you the level of detachment. Consequences of this detachment are what we currently face. Social media capturing our every move leaving strangers with nothing to be imagined. Activism going from physical bodies forcing a change to comments or likes on a Facebook post. Our apps distracting us from realizing when we are in the presence of real danger. The goal of this post is to get you out of the stagnant environment you currently live in. So lets start somewhere. Did you like a post I wrote last week? Thank you for the like, but I think its time you share it this week. If it touched you this week I'd like the opportunity to inspire your network next week. After that I'd like you to draw up your own take on the topic and share your views with your children or friends. This is how we change the future. If your kids are of reading age and technology savvy send them the link. After they digest the article talk to them about it. Bring the topic up at dinner. Make sure when you speak with your loved ones the conversation contains high levels of substance. Your loved ones deserve that look inside your perspective. Raise your children your way, don't let the internet raise them. Browse the world not the web. The only reason I spend the time writing is so that hopefully you will grow the huevos to get up, get out there, and get some. The world is yours for the taking. First you must take a stand, then step outside, and last step to people. Until next time keep it LYM.