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.
It seems that I can’t get out of the house without experiencing the pain of others. I deleted my Facebook account last year to escape the pain and noise of the echo chamber that it is, but even walking into public, people appear beat-up and defeated.
Only yesterday I made the mistake of allowing an acquaintance’s Instagram post interfere with my thoughts and her update haunted me all day. The post was a photo of the sky, a beautiful clear, blue sky with a caption that read, “I am just about infuriated at how beautiful today is.” One more in a continuous stream of angry posts. I had to comment, “Don’t almost be mad.” It’s as if people require anguish in their lives and when even nature does not comply, they rebel and insist on locating that elusive misery.
A few hours later I ran into an old friend and somehow the subject came around to him saying, “Everyone is unhappy.”. I didn’t know if he was being very honest or trying to make a joke, so I asked him to clarify and he said, “Yeah…everyone is unhappy including myself.” All I could think of was, “Not him too!”.
Each day gives me more purpose and makes me feel more dedicated to turning people around. Making them remember or to see through the fog of the delusion that it doesn’t have to be as miserable as they seem to be experiencing.
My book will be release in October 2018 and I’m very much looking forward for those in need to discover it and start to change their lives for the better. Let’s be done with this misery!
Look for Toxic Rainbows: Surviving and Thriving in the New Babylon on Amazon soon. Stat tuned.
SUFFERING. When I was a kid we used to say, “Suffer!” as a way of saying, “Too bad, deal with it.” I thought it was funny back then, but now it’s all too painfully real.
We NEED to experience emotional pain in order to understand what it’s like to be free from it and to overcome it. We do ourselves a disservice when we shield our children from experience and every unpleasantness. We fall deeper into a despair that we can’t begin to fathom when we choose to cover our real and imagined problems with medication, labels or a host of other distractions.
We literally need to suffer through things in order to overcome them. That’s how we get stronger and that’s how we grow. So the next time someone tells you to ‘suffer’ just say, ‘Ok, no problem.’.