It seems like more and more people are drifting apart. Being pulled into different spheres of belief. How do we come back to a sense of reality when people can't even agree on what they see in front of their faces?
To make matters worse, all we hear is people talking shit about anyone who thinks differently than them. Dehumanizing people with different views, because we have lost the ability to have discussions. You either agree with me or you are an idiot who deserves nothing but contempt.
We are truly, deeply broken as a society. We need to get back to being able to talk to one another, to listen. We need to learn that our ideas are not always correct, and that sometimes it's okay to change our minds. To get new information and have that information alter the way we see the world. That isn't weakness, that is strength. It's literally the point of science. To take in new information and learn from it, to grow. Once we stop accepting the fact that we don't know everything, that we are still learning, no matter how old or successful we have become, we've stopped living.
I have hope that this is just a moment in time, just a crazy, fucked up moment in time, and we will find our way back to a civil discourse that isn't blogged down in propaganda and hate. That we can accept that no one has all the answers, that we have to come together in order to fix our society and help one another. We have people living in the streets, starving, suffering from illnesses that can be cured and we do nothing. We sit back and shake our heads and talk about how sad it is, all the while letting it go on. Never once holding the people in power accountable for the devastation going on all around us. It's shameful. And we are all to blame, but we can do better. We can listen, we can reach out and help those who are in need. We can put more focus on helping people and less on judging people. More focus on others and less on ourselves. We need to be more caring, more accepting. We need to be better.
Jonathan Gutheinz vents about everything under the sun.