I hate taxis. Not for the usual reasons of extremely rude conductors or terribly uncomfortable seats that more often than not set my butt a blaze, because well a trip to the mechanics is not priority for the owners/drivers of these extensively necessary evil public transport appliances..
I hate taxis because the people who man them don’t even try to beat the world epidemic that is mediocrity, but this is not about taxis or mediocrity.
I just needed to get that out of my system because I came to the realization that I write most of my posts from taxis.
Maybe because I always need a distraction from the fact that I am secretly frying the brain cells of the drivers but especially the conductors & my frustration for the fact that I haven’t mastered how to get away with murder yet. Okay seriously I need to stop.
So I had those “Aha moment” things. If you don’t understand what that is, its a phrase invented by Oprah Winfrey which was added to the Merriam Webster dictionary and means a moment of realization, inspiration or insight. In essence a point anywhere where you go like “aha or anha”..(Now that I think about it, she didn’t even invent the phrase she just added ‘ moment to it & because she is Oprah, made it popular. What’s wrong with me am circling yet I actually I have a point to make).
My ‘aha moment’ came while I read an article but how social media has learnt how to manufacture outrage. You know people find themselves mad about things because well they seem like something to be mad about, but when you actually stop & ask them why they are all worked up they don’t know or can’t explain what their rage is about?
That’s pretty confusing so let me break it down.
I am not one of those ” let’s- demonize- social media -on social media” people because I find it a bit too hypocritical for me, God knows it has its perks.
I am however a rational enough human being to notice the misery those perks come with. Take for example the terrorist attacks in France. Within a few hours what was honestly a horrendous, life-altering catastrophe had created a global social media stampede of people mad at people for expressing their sympathy for France in a measure not fully accorded to other countries when they suffer similar tragedies.
I must admit I fell on this outraged bandwagon until I realized I wasn’t mad that twitter was awash with #PrayForParis or that Mark Zuckerberg gave them a flag, I honestly wasn’t mad at all. hip just allowed myself to be manipulated into thinking I should be.
Seriously though how does a massacre of innocent lives turn into a race or religious thing?
I will tell you how, social media manufactured outrage and the reason we fell for it is because it amplified the real issue with the human race- selfishness a.k.a me-me syndrome.
I am not watering down the age old inequality between races or any issues that may have come to light thanks to the freedom of speech we most definitely enjoy, I just think our problems would be way less if we looked beyond ourselves for just one minute to be empathic.
Also you could look at it this way on the off chance that we are actually pissed off that the world gives more sympathy to people of a certain colour, aren’t we fueling the very fire we want put out? I mean shouldn’t we be too busy being nonracial so well we don’t go back to that time?
So let’s take a moment be sympathetic & stop being mad because well we actually aren’t.