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Reflection on living in dangerous times
As Assad continues to bomb the same neighborhood overtaken just days ago by Sarin gas, a Russian naval group steams toward Syria, and U.S. forces move to counter North Korean attempts at intimidation.
At the center of all this sits Donald Trump, an aging, incurious narcissist with no discernible moral center.
It is disquieting that we are so quick to marvel at the “beauty” of Tomahawk missiles lighting up the night sky instead of pondering what a man like Trump will do with such destructive power.
In the face of brutality, in a world prone to violence, which is better – considered reason, even if it cautions toward restraint, or rudderless impulse assuaging the urge to “hit back”?
I have no answer, other than to encourage belief in our own agency of thought and action. Even as the world burns around us.
Facebook and its social media cousins are something of a Petrie dish of humanity. Memes go “viral,” platitudes adorn cogent images forcing some reaction, be it scorn, solidarity or sadness. Endless images of cute dogs expressing unconditional love and frolic give us hope that we are worthy of that love. And on and on.
Of course, social media is an echo chamber. We tend to befriend, follow or otherwise pursue folks of our own “ilk,” except possibly to troll some heathen with a differing worldview. And this is where the internet shines. It’s easy to harbor ill-will, even hatred, when the object of antipathy is a nameless, faceless electronic avatar.
Does social media divide or unite?
Preparing an article on the idea of thought leadership for TriplePundit gets me thinking about how the influence of a great teacher, if not always a good one, has impacted my life ever since. In the process, I've dug up these bits of narrative, in … [Continue reading]