I was having a hard time coming up with a subject for today’s post. I said to myself, “Hey good looking guy (I’m my biggest fan), why don’t you just write about why you think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is the best one in the trilogy?”
And I know it, you’re already thinking of all the reasons I’m wrong. You’re creating outlines for an argument in your head. You’re eyebrows are angled down. You’re looking for the reply button and ready to type. But save your energy, I’m not writing about that. I don’t feel like dealing with all the negative feedback it would bring on. Not on here. Not like this.
We’re living in a tech culture that has warped everyday interaction for us. Think about it. It’s almost expected that you have say what you think about anything anyone says. It’s like a requirement for using the Internet. Oh, and you must say it in the most degrading, self-righteous, arrogant way possible, too. Every message board on every post or video online is littered with pride and malice. And stupidity.
What is social media turning us into?
We hide behind our computers and say whatever we want to say, however want to say it, with no repercussions. If you would talk the way people talk online in public, you’re liable to get slugged. But anyone can be anything on the Internet. You have Google and every Wikipedia article at your fingertips. Anyone can be an expert on any subject, and as you might have seen, so many people act like they are.
Everyone is a genius and everyone is a critic. We’re becoming programmed to immediately form an opinion and give it. People can’t wait to disagree with someone and boost their personal confidence. The more you make someone else look wrong the more right it makes you look. Isn’t that how that works? More wrongs make a more right, or something?
I think what we have here is false confidence. It is, in fact, true arrogance, but what makes you so sure of yourself? Why are your thoughts obviously correct on every matter ever? I’m not saying that there aren’t some things that we can be solid in our foundational views on, and I don’t think we need to question everything. What I am concerned with, though, is that we are people who decide our verdict and then look for evidence to support what we’ve already decided, instead of being people who look for evidence and then come to an informed conclusion.
We don’t have to all be philosophers standing on the mountaintop throwing out ideas back and forth to each other without ever coming to any conclusions, but we also don’t have to be so quick to make conclusions, even though the Internet makes us feel like we have to.
Some of the people that impress me the most are the ones who, after we’ve had an interesting conversation about something in the grey, come back and talk to me later about it after they’ve done some research, prayed about it, or just sat on it and thought through it for a while. I love people that answer, “I don’t know, yet.” Some matters of life are really tricky, and maybe we shouldn’t be so quick to come to answers over them. Some matters may take us decades to finally decide on, and I think that’s ok.
I know this sounds hypocritical as someone who writes all the time with his own views. I get it, and you can go ahead and tell me why you disagree and why you’re right on every other post I put up. But if the most engaging conversations you have in your week are on a message board, then you are not getting enough out of this ability to dialogue gift we’ve been given.
And hey, be nice. No one likes the know-it-all in the back of the class who talks down to everyone. You can be right about every matter ever and die alone with no friends. True wisdom comes forth in humility. I mean, that’s just what I believe. It just happens to be right.