Just as government is a reflection of its citizens, social media is a reflection of its society. Regardless of what people may think all participants in social media do so for a reason. Some do it to stay in touch; others seek like minded people to air their thoughts. Many do it to promote their blogs, books, or shows, while some are looking for love.
The reason for engaging in social media is of less importance than the results of people coming together in groups which by what seems to be human nature leads to unrest among members of the group. This occurs in almost all groups from as small as a couple all the way to a social media giant like Twitter. In a marriage for example, uncompromised fighting leads to divorce and in social media it results in a loss of focus as to why each individual participates. But in both cases the culprit is lack of commitment. Lack of commitment is the social flaw that leads to most unrest.
Our forefathers fought bitterly, they were even reported to have come to blows but at the end of day their commitment to country out weighed their individual egos. They set aside their egos and returned to the business of creating the finest country in human history. Who are we to not follow their example and destroy that which they fought to create because we let our egos dictate our actions. Have we as a society not matured past adolescence? Have we become a, "he said she said," excuse to be apathetic society? Based on the social media sample population any third party observer would definitely conclude that we have degenerated into petty, ego driven, spoiled do nothing but spout verbage society.
On a smaller scale in a marriage it is commitment to the marriage that out weighs the fighting and disagreements that builds a stronger and lasting union. It is lack of commitment that leads to divorce. Commitment is kin to integrity. Integrity is an individual trait that we as individuals control and has nothing to do with those around us. A person willfully chooses to do either the right thing or not. Integrity is an internal struggle and lack of should not be projected on those around us.
The bottom line is: an individual should be able to look into the mirror of self esteem and be sound enough in their own self image to not be affected by anything said to or about them that they know not to be true. There was a childhood cliché that seems forgotten, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” In a more morally grounded society this applied because most were morally stout and the malicious words meant nothing to the receiver of ill speech. The difference now is in a lot of cases the recipient is guilty of lack of integrity, lack of commitment, and lack of self confidence. All of the prior are results of the actions and choices of the individual not that of the society as a whole. That being said social media is a reflection of the character of it individuals not that of its groups. A society of morally bankrupted individuals results in a corrupt morally bankrupted group or government.
It is easier to pity the instigators and perpetuators of unrest than engage them because it is their individual issues that motivate them. It is easier to observe the unrest as entertainment and laugh at it than it is to facilitate it. Without the attention of the group the egos are not fed and they move on. And the action of an individual does not have to affect the group unless the group allows itself to be affected. Should the entire group give up their guns and freedoms because a crazy few shoot with lack of moral compass? The government only does what we allow them to do to us. The gas prices rise because we allow it. We have become an irresponsible society that prefers to blame others before ourselves. Think for a moment if collectively we didn’t buy one brand of gasoline for 30 days. Don’t you think they would understand who controls the free market supply and demand? It should be us but our apathy has led us to defer the decisions that affect our freedoms to those whose greed and lack of moral compass leads them to abuse the masses. We get what we pay for. We need to invest in ourselves, as if our lives depend on it because, they do.
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