Waking Up From This Nightmare

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I guess it was naive of me to think that as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve the shroud of chaos and despair that was 2020 would magically take leave of us. It was easy to feel hopeful. The last few days of this last horrendous year felt increasingly lighter as little bits of good news began to trickle in like a warm spring rain.

The events that took place in Washington D.C. on January 6th were a stark reminder that we still have so much to learn and a very long road ahead. When will healing begin? How can it begin? The answer to these two questions truly depends on each and every one of us.

It saddens me to see how many of us have fallen victim to the poisonous business model of centralized mainstream social media platforms. These platforms, many of which have been around for a decade now, use their algorithms to stoke the most extreme of human emotions all for one thing...the monopolization of our attention (learn in detail about how they do it here).

“… [T]he passion for power is one of the most moving passions that exists in man. And, after all, all democracies are based on the proposition that power is very dangerous, and that it’s extremely important not to let any one man or any one small group to have too much power for too long a time. After all, what are the British and American constitutions, except devices for limiting power? And all of these new devices [television, radio, etc.] are extremely efficient instruments for the imposition of power by small groups over larger masses.” - Aldous Huxley

No one predicted the predicament we find ourselves in quite as thoroughly as author Aldous Huxley. His book Brave New World, published in 1931, almost perfectly nails how the powerful can brainwash otherwise intelligent people into willfully and happily giving up their freedoms by way of technological slavery. This word powerful doesn't just apply to governments these days, it also applies to corporate entities.

The result of this decade of centralized social media algorithms rewiring their customers’ brains and subsequently reshaping their realities is the dangerously divided world we live in today. Over these past few years it’s saddened me to watch perfectly rational, happy, and intelligent people gradually devolve to a state in which I barely recognize the core of who they once were.

Each day they arise, they now believe we live in a world that is laden with conspiracies, deceit, and darkness. They regurgitate poisonous words, phrases, and ideas that have been relentlessly drilled into their subconscious sometimes without even realizing it. Most dangerously of all, they believe their opinions are the only real truth and everyone else is deluded. Increasingly, they begin to exclude from their lives anyone who doesn't believe in the exact same ideology as they do.

“The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out. He will be wiser but less sure, happier but less self-satisfied, humbler in acknowledging his ignorance yet better equipped to understand the relationship of words to things, of systematic reasoning to the unfathomable mystery which it tries, forever vainly, to comprehend.” — Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

I asked the two questions a little while ago, When will healing begin? How can it possibly begin? Each of us plays a role in deciding if our collective tomorrows are better or worse than today. Each one of us also has the awesome power to choose how we respond to events unfolding around us. History so clearly shows us where our current path leads us.

We can choose to completely unplug from the dangerous matrix of centralized social media outlets, even if it’s just for twenty-four hours. There are also other options. We could choose to spend time on much less invasive decentralized social media platforms line Hive. Once you do this ask yourself one question, Do I feel better? If the answer is yes, you have the freedom to extend this hiatus as long as you’d like.

The important thing to remember is technology is evolving faster than we can determine the ways in which it affects us. Luckily, there’s still time for us to change our trajectory. This won’t always be the case. If the human species can’t find their way around idealogical extremism and reach some kind of common ground soon it will be too late.

We can all wake up from this nightmare, one person at a time. Reach out to an old friend. Find something that makes you laugh and feel happy. End a feud. Consider another point of view. Find something you can agree with someone on. Reconcile.

Once we awaken it's so easy to see how much good there is left in the world.

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I couldn’t agree more!

I find myself struggling with unplugging completely from social media and living in blissful ignorance and viewing Twitter daily to see what the discussion is about.

I did cleanup who I follow so when I do view it, it’s generally thoughtful people who don’t seem to be in any single tribe.

I have the struggle myself, @erikc21. I've decided to take a balance approach of staying active on social media, mainly to stay in touch with family/friends and for book marketing. It's so good to remember you have control over what lands in your newsfeed!

We can all wake up from this nightmare, one person at a time. Reach out to an old friend. Find something that makes you laugh and feel happy. End a feud. Consider another point of view. Find something you can agree with someone on. Reconcile.

You are a very wise old soul Eric, thank you so very much for this sage advice!
The world and all that's happening is certainly taking us on a not so merry-go-round!
Things are hectic here with so many getting the virus, but we're thankful that we're keeping safe and still able to enjoy the fresh air and the beauty around us!
Thank you for your encouragement always!

Thank you @Lizelle, I appreciate you reading and commenting! A not-so-merry-go-around is so true. During times like these it's so imperative to remember that our frame of mind attracts similar circumstances into our lives. If we can all, individually, find a way to have hope, to make baby-steps towards resolution, to stay positive then the future will be better. It's simply the way the Universe works. I hope you're having a decent week my friend and finding a way to keep smiling.

I've actually been finding myself praying a lot more lately. I know that my actions and my words will probably not change a persons mind. If they are fixed in their ways, it will take something else to open their eyes. I've been praying that God will change their hearts. It have faith it will bring a change eventually. I know not everyone believe that way, but it works for me. Oh, I apply these same principles to myself as well. I know I have a lot of work to do internally.

I have too, @bozz. I whole-heartedly believe in the power of prayer. This is the perfect time for prayer and for searching our own souls. I hope you're having a good week. If you haven't gotten the book yet it should arrive very soon.

Awesome! Thank you! I am with you, I just know everyone has their own thing, so I try to be respectful without giving the impression that I am ashamed :)

You’re very welcome! : )

Absolutely if this entire world could calm down and take the break for a while I would be really appreciative.

Definitely we need some more peace love happiness and positive action....

Some pretty crazy events are happening these days. Hopefully we can figure out a way to calm things down.

I agree! Maybe a little ganja wouldn’t hurt either! 😉

I'm going to have a dab on that note then

hello dear friend @ericvancewalton good afternoon
Thank you very much for sharing these thoughtful words, you are very right in what you say.
I have stopped participating in social networks for a long time, since I met the old platform and now hive I spend a large part of my day here. I only use other social networks to spread our company.
I take this opportunity to wish you a splendid afternoon. That you enjoy them a lot

Thank you man! I've been considering scaling down on mainstream social media but have only kept active for book-related marketing and keeping in touch with friends/relatives scattered throughout the world. I hope you're having a wonderful week!

Really we are hopeless. We really have to learn for future.

I don’t think all hope is lost yet but it’s going to take some time.