This Tuesday morning, I finished scrolling through my usual morning feeds/emails and updates from the myriad of info sources I follow and got a sick feeling in my stomach.
Too much coffee? Too many grapes on the yogurt I had for breakfast?
I took a few minutes to just sit and breathe. And breathe some more.
I was angry. Very angry.
And I took another few minutes to relax and then opened my working word processor.
There’s an election in Canada right now and the U.S. is ramping up its ongoing cultural and political wars with candidate selection.
There’s an incredible amount of anger, frustration, spite, and just plain stupidity running rampant on the Net. (I note “stupidity” seems to be well defined as anybody who doesn’t agree with you.) Informed discussion is often absent, patient courteous exchanges are a rarity and will be spoiled by somebody jumping in with some “fact” they’ve taken from a respected source such as the National Enquirer. (note this is exaggeration/sarcasm)
I Spent Time Thinking About This
I should have been working, but I put on the kettle for tea (had my coffee several hours ago) and pulled out my notebook. Scribbled away about how I was feeling and what was the nature of that. And more importantly, what I could do.
What can I do?
Frankly, not a damn thing to stop the trend to destroying the middle ground, the Commons of discussion. The political parties have made that pretty much impossible with their well-funded attack ads designed to “attract and hold their base vote.”
Personally? I’ve stopped reading this stuff. I’ll scan the news headlines but I’ve stopped reading or watching anything negative. No more Trump (he replaced Rob Ford as the continent’s leading media darling). No more attack ads. No more political articles written by either left or right. No more. Just no more.
Every group with an ax to grind (and many of those axes need sharpening and should be ground I note) has come out of the woodwork with its demands and grievances. And while I understand at the most basic of levels, I cannot absorb any more of this stuff and write.
I can’t write angry. I want to write.
So all this crap has to go. It looks like social media and I are about to have another holiday.
Does This Stuff Bother You Folks Or Am I Alone On This? Tell Me What You Think In The Comments Below.