I like to think of myself as fairly middle of the road on most matters in life. I wasn’t always this way. I used to see things a little more black and white. Now I see a lot of grey. I don’t like to label myself as neutral either. To me neutral comes off like I really don’t care either way, when in fact I really do. I guess moderate is a better term. There are some issues I care about deeply on one side, and some issues I care about deeply on the other side, and some things I’m just split right down the middle on.
Being moderate like this can make it difficult to watch or read any form of the news. Whether you believe it or not, it’s all biased. No, your political side is not right about everything. All media is biased because all people are biased. And people run the media. I might feel like I’m a moderate but then that’s only because I’m biased to what I call moderate.
I really hate that I can’t turn on my TV and get the straight facts anymore. Maybe we never really could. Then you throw social media into the mix, and it’s impossible to tell what the truth is. It’s like a mass game of “Telephone” where one statement keeps getting passed along until it reaches a point where it’s nowhere near what it was once meant to be.
It seems that people decide their verdict and then search for the evidence to support their decision, instead of the other way around. We hear something we like or don’t like and then make up our minds on it. From then on out, every piece of evidence, report or opinion will only get filed into our minds the way we want it to be. Does this go in the “Support my decision” folder or in the “Does not support my decision” folder?
Now comes the point when we voice our opinions on it. Some people look specifically for the people that agree with them on Facebook and write on their walls or comment on their statuses. The people who like controversy, however, post something on their own wall for the whole world to see and then drool over the inevitable debates they will get to battle in.
Talking about issues makes us feel good. It makes us feel like we’re doing something about social issues and justice. We’re standing up for what we believe in and calling out the hatred, bigotry, and stupidity we see in the rest of the world. Well, at least we feel like we are.
I’m not against letting your voice be heard or sharing your opinions, but I would just submit to you this question: Do you care about making a statement, or do you care about making a difference?
What are you trying to accomplish with your opinion? Awareness? All right, awareness is good, but then what? Do you really want to see the situation change like you are leading people to believe you do? Because if you do, it will cost you something. Statuses of awareness make us feel good, but they cost us nothing.
You’re not eating chicken sandwiches now? Ok.
You’re going to eat more chicken sandwiches now? Ok.
If the most you do for your cause is get angry with the opposing side on the Internet, you’re not the revolutionist you think you are.
I’m coming to believe that most people don’t really want justice. They just want to prove someone else wrong. We sing “give peace a chance,” but what we must really want is war. Or maybe we define peace as “everyone finally agreeing with my viewpoints.”
I’m convinced the cable news networks do no want peace. I’ll be honest: I’ve come to despise CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. They definitely want war. War sells. War brings in viewers. They want you talking and debating on their God-forsaken message boards. They want you to keep tuning in to find out how life as we know it is always moments away from being destroyed. What would they do if we had peace? They’d be out of a job. Not Piers Morgan, though, he’ll never stop talking.
Believe it or not, everyone doesn’t need to hear your opinion on every issue. I know, it’s hard to hear that. The art of walking away is not taught these days because it looks like you’re losing the battle of the argument. Well, if that’s what losing is, maybe it’s time for some of us to step up and be losers. Losers who know how and when to respond. Losers that know how to keep our mouths shut.
If you believe in changing something then it will cost you. If it’s not costing you, then you’re basically standing in a room yelling at the walls. Sounds like the actions of a lunatic? Well, maybe we’re not as sane as we think we are.