I’ve been feeling more depressed and frustrated than usual the last few days. I think it’s because I’m spending too much time on sites like Facebook, twitter, and youtube. I’ve decided I’m going to avoid most socializing for the next several days and see if I feel better then. It saddens and angers me that I can’t even have a civil conversation with a friend without having to sort through angry posts and memes. I really hope these people aren’t that mean and angry with people in real life. I hope they aren’t but then again many people have messed up priorities.
I would love to know when my friends and my countrymen became so angry and divided. And why do they feel like it’s a God given duty to spew that venom and hate for the whole world to see. You don’t live in an echo chamber. People who don’t agree with what you post see that stuff all the time. We usually don’t comment or respond. We certainly weren’t this divided in the months after 9/11.
I also don’t understand why my countrymen are so obsessed with politics. People didn’t used to be nearly this obsessed, at least not that I can remember. Believe it or not, there are other things going on in life than politics. Politicians are not gods. I will say that again, politicians are not gods. Stop treating them as such.
I imagine my friends on Facebook get tired of me posting about science and technology. I have only a handful of friends who post on science. But almost all of them feel a duty to do posts complaining about politicians or complaining about protesters or complaining about people who complain about protesters. Protesting, if done properly, can lead to change. Look at colonial America, Ghandi’s India, and the Civil Rights protests. Too bad there weren’t more people protesting the actions of the governments early on in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, etc. I am especially disgusted with some states trying to pass laws for harsher penalties for protesters. There wouldn’t be as many protests if the politicians were actually doing a good job. You want to stop protests, listen to the people and quit doing stupid things. Even Jesus protested the abuses and hypocrisy of the religious and political leaders of his time and place.
While I will be going underground and not socializing much for the next several days, I still will be doing research and writing blogs. My critics aren’t getting rid of me that easy. I just have to unplug from the insanity for a few days. Most people need to unplug from the insanity for a few days and realize that someone who disagrees with them is not evil.