One can make the argument that today, just like our foods; most of what we consume in terms of information is junk; highly processed (propagandized) cheap, unhealthy, easily accessible, sold by big names with long term fatal consequences for the consumer. Good healthy stuff, as in food is confined to certain outlets, hardly found on the shelves of major retail stores, and expensive. Access to, and dissemination of ‘healthy’ information is expensive in our time, in that those who seek it or choose to spread it pay dearly for it.
The growth of leftist ideology and the promotion of the ideology of “us” versus “them” mentality are being embraced at a scary pace. Hate groups , hate speech and hate crimes have been on the rise and moving further and further into the mainstream adding steam that can only fuel the engine of mayhem.
The media has been used and continue to be used as a propaganda tool to promote certain ideals and views of the world. The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once wrote that “once you label me, you negate me.” Regarding the media, he wrote:
The daily press is the evil principle of the modern world, and time will only
Serve to disclose this fact with greater and greater clearness. The capacity of
The newspaper for degeneration is sophistically without limit, since it can
Always sink lower and lower in its choice of readers. At last it will stir up all
Those dregs of humanity which no state or government can control. ~ Soren
With the media evolving into mass media incorporating audio visual as compared to just print media in the past, this principle can be said to achieve such degeneration at a faster pace and impacting a wider audience.
Malcolm X expressed similar sentiments when he said “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
As unfortunate as it may be, this seems to be the reality of our time, and it seems set to only get worse.
Pitting people against each other based on race, region, religion, tribe, ethnicity, ideology, or culture, seem acceptable today. Whatever reason we may use to justify negating others, it is a tragedy. But the human capacity to love always endures. In many cases though, that love is embraced after a tragedy which could have been averted if only we listen to voices of reason.
The voices of reason that are being sidelined in the mainstream, but they are not silent. And sooner or later, they will be heard by those who really matter, the masses being led astray.
We, as human beings, are all connected in more ways than we know, to each other and to the environment and all life forms in it. The sooner we realize that, the faster we will be able to reverse the trend of hate that is about to consume us all.
That less fortunate person, that violent person, that person you wish you never become could in fact be you given similar circumstances as they’ve been through. Let us reach out and spread love and care for one another.
It’s just “US”; there is no “THEM”.