But I Have a Solution
“…school shootings are more influenced by social media than other mass shootings, however social media is still able to predict that the first ten days after an attack are most contagious for another attack, especially when tweets about mass shooting reach more than 45 per million.”
Jennifer Johnston, Ph.D. and Andrew Joy, BS (2016) Mass Shootings and the Media Contagion Effect, American Psychological Association Press Release. https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2016/08/media-contagion-effect.pdf
Parkland shooting: February 14, 2018
Arapahoe Charter School Threat: February 22, 2018
Elapsed time: 8 days.
I waited to share this because I didn’t want to be part of the problem. This isn’t a post about gun control. I mention this only to make the following point. All of you out there ranting and raving about Trump, about Obama, about political left, political right and all the problems of the world and how your side is right and their side is wrong…
You’re the problem.
Liberals are not the problem. Conservatives are not the problem. You and your selfish desire to have your feelings justified are the problem. Your inability to control your emotions is the problem. And every time you take to Facebook posting memes, “fact checks”, and other similar garbage, all you’re doing is perpetuating the problem.
There are two good reasons to do anything in life.
- 1. To make yourself feel better.
- 2. Because you think it’s the right thing to do.
All of you think you’re doing the right thing by spreading the news but you’re lying to yourself. All you’re doing is making yourself feel better by trying to prove that the other side is wrong. You’re not doing anything good. You’re no agent of change, no revolutionary, you’re not an activist.
You’re the problem.
You’re the puppet for the ideologies you hate most. You’re the foot soldier for the leaders you despise, spreading their message and embroiling their opposition. You and your cohorts aren’t changing minds and enlightening souls. You’re feeding your own insecurities by suckling on each others identical world view. You’re not brave or courageous or insightful. You’re the problem. And everyday you’re making it worse for the rest of us.
You’re an addict, shooting up social garbage, spreading the equivalent of dirty needles to everyone on your friends list. You see something and it aligns with your views, you share it, it feels good, it makes other similarly emotionally inept people on the other side post angry comments, now you feel even better, but minutes later… it’s gone and you need more.
You’re not doing anything worthy or progressive, you’re an addict whose spreading disease and you can’t stop because your self righteous indignation and selfish greed to prove the other side wrong has destroyed your ability to think for yourself.
You’re the problem. And you’re getting worse.
Your addiction has ruined your self esteem. You may be able to fool others but you can’t fool your brain. Your brain knows it’s doing nothing more than feeding it’s own addiction. You’re starving it meaning and drowning it in with social schwill and media fast food.
You’ve become so beholden to your emotional views of the world that you truly think they matter. Even worse, you now think that people around you actually care and that your media fabricated opinions should matter to them too. But I have news for you, no one fucking cares about your views or your feelings.
You will soon find yourself isolated and alone, accompanied only by the like minded junkies you call Friends. You’ll sit around sharing garbage on social media, high fiving each other with likes, and loves, and hahas, while your disease spreads. Meanwhile, the problems you say you care about are getting worse. And they’re getting worse because you’re the problem.
You have successfully derailed all progress in our country. Your disease has spread so far, and so wide, and is making so much money that the people who could be solving these problems can’t because they’re now bound and gagged by your disease, in a perpetual state of defense, constantly toeing the line so that they may not fall out of your profane graces because 50% of them have to share your same view. They need you to like them as much as you need the other side to hate them.
You’re the problem but I have a solution.
You don’t posses the conviction or fortitude of a mosquito. You’re a five year old child who cries for the sake of attention and will continue on so long as someone is watching.
You and your disease thrive because people watch you. Observation is the medium and participation the action that perpetuates what will one day be looked back upon as a loathsome and pathetic time in America.
I chose long ago not to participate. Now I choose not to observe in the hopes that soon, you will all go away.