The parasitic nature of society and culture feeds off your thoughts. Seeking justification at any expense. Some aspects more voracious than others, but never satisfied all the same. Don’t give your mind away to some ephemeral notion of solidarity when your surrounded by folks who only want your unconditional love.
The nature of politics today is division. Race has lost its effect. Gender is too confused, and no sane person believes in “politics anymore. So now the division will creep into your family. They won’t stop until they’ve divide your intellect from your emotion and you’re running around with cardboard signs instead of sitting around a table enjoying food, family, and friends.
Some folks are consumed. They claim some intellectual high ground while running around cities with infantile antics and adorned with the most offensive garb, actions, and words. These are the pariahs in disguise.
If someone is demanding your loyalty step away. You don’t owe anyone anything. Loyalty is earned through the taste of blood, sweat, and tears. It’s not sold through sound bites or photos that lack touch. It’s not deserved through antics or promises. If someone is doing things for a collective group, good or bad, they’re doing just that, collecting.
Don’t be fooled into isolating yourself from the characters around you for the characters presented in a fabricated reality portrayed through some form of social or political media. For some these are one in the same, it’s called propaganda.
I’m not the genius in the room, but I’m not an idiot. Any simple person can see that these media outlets are intentionally dividing us into categorical madness. We’ve disagreed throughout history, those of us who lived before social media understand that. The difference is when you have to put your hand in the persons hand you disagree with, or look into their eyes, even know their story you learn respect. The folks miles away from you on some profile they’ve created aren’t real.
We know these folks aren’t real even if we can’t accept we are playing a part. We know because we’re surrounded by folks who we see their social media and their real life in real time. We see the fabrication, exaggeration, and understand that the difference is what they hope for and what they are. We excuse this misrepresentation out of respect and hopes that the vicarious experiences will lift them up to their dreams, even when we know different.
My point is not to point out hypocrisy or delusion. My point is those folks you see out there misrepresenting themselves are no different than the folks you see on social media that you don’t really know. The ones selling you plastic wisdom, flexible loyalty, or even worse utopian fantasies.
Don’t trade the reality that surrounds you for some imaginary possibility of grandeur. Don’t trade a hug for a “like”. Take the handshake over the “comment”. Chose the kind word over the “share”. Chose reality over fantasy.
We’re fighting a battle that isn’t understood. Your family and your friendships are under attack. No longer do disagreements facilitate conversation. It’s more common to explode and go back to the computer or phone and get instant justification for ignorance by logging into a fantasy world.
There are folks who say that they only use social media to communicate with family and friends who live at a distance too far to travel. I hope so. That’s not social media’s intent. They want to control everything from your seasonal decorations to your “friend list”. Use social media how you will, just understand that it is intended to guide your thinking.
With the political cycle headed into the home stretch be weary. Understand that the messages you receive are intended. Understand that what you see is designed to have you understand things from someone else’s perception. Most of all, understand the people around you that talk too loud, smell funny, and are way too obnoxious are real. The ones you see on your newsfeed are not, they are the zookeepers that help feed the pariahs.