Yesterday we got our first ‘Presidential Alert’ message on the Wireless Emergency Alert System similar to Flood Warnings and Amber Alerts. We’ve all gotten them before.
But this one was different because it was from our President.
I was not surprised that polarized people took to social media within seconds to voice their outrage, disgust and feelings of violation. One woman on Twitter even went so far as to say she’d been ‘raped’ by the intrusive alert. #MeToo echoed every other triggered SmartPhone user–Android, iPhone…didn’t matter. It was cross-platform abuse.
It’s hard to avoid making this a political commentary, but what I’m getting at is the level of rage that people are experiencing and how they are choosing misery over anything else. I’ve seen many level-headed people loose their stuff over the past couple of years. Clear examples of cognitive dissonance and denial of reality had taken the driver’s seat and common sense and reason had been thrown out the back door. Conversation or attempts at understanding was not even an option and has been routinely denied. It was very strange and the unusual behavior inspired me enough to write a book, but more than that, it’s concerning.
When people on your echo chambers of choice and social media spheres share their negativity, it should not inspire others to jump on board their misery train. Misery and pain of triggered individuals is not something that should inspire others to find it within themselves to be unahappy too.
These behaviors that throw us in a tailspin are things that we need to pay close attention to. We need to understand why we react as we do and how we are processing the information we’re gathering to come to conclusions that necessitate violence and intolerance.
It has come to the point where we need to stand together. And if it’s not all of us, we need to stand and assist those who do not see, understand or are under a programmed belief system.
Writing a book was one way I felt I could do something positive to counteract the negativity and division promoted by entertainment, the media and television programming and ‘news’. My book Toxic Rainbows is just being released to different outlets and is currently available at Kobo.