A few days ago, I posted a podcast that many people found really helpful. It is called You Are Right. I discuss how you will always find justifications online to prove your pint of view no matter what your perspective is. "It doesn't matter what you believe. It doesn't matter what idea you have in your head. If you go and search online, whatever you're looking for will exist. There will be someone there that will tell you and show you in an incredibly compelling way that the theory that you have is correct."
No wonder our brains are completely and utterly exhausted. Your brain is exposed to more information in one day than someone just one century ago was exposed to in a year. Contemplate that for a moment.
Let's add to that the compounding issue that the information we are being fed is presented to us as truth. And yet, if we dare to look, another opposing truth is presented in an equally compelling way. How are we supposed to navigate a world where "truth" is completely polarized?
We can't. It's not possible. And so we take a side. We plant our flag of truth on our side because it is the only way to cope. Our brains are understandably struggling to live in two opposing realities. So we don't. Once we have planted our flag, we then want to feel safe on the side that we have chosen. So we welcome conversations and people who plant their flag beside us, and we reject and shun people whose "truth" does not align with our own.
This is the world we are living in. It's a world that we are not coping in, no matter what side we plant our flag.
Our lives are changing at a blistering pace. Our brains are expected to make decisions and understand complex worldwide situations in a way that no other humans ever have. We're failing at it. We live in a world where more people suffer from mental illness than ever before.
At the same time, social media corporations and news outlets are making billions of dollars from our outrage and flag-planting.
What is the answer? I don't know but I want to say STOP.
STOP falling for the manipulation of social media corporations and the press. They are there to profit from you, which is their only motivation.
STOP turning on other people because they see the world differently from you. Unless they are harming others, we need a world with different insights and perspectives and for people to challenge our worldviews.
STOP relying on the internet for the answers to your questions. Start looking inside yourself for your truth.
STOP filling your mind with so much information. At least 95% of the information you consume daily is of no practical use to you. It is exhausting and overloading your already exhausted and overloaded mind.
Turn it off. Slow it down.
And the only thing you shouldn't stop is believing.
The world needs your light more than ever.
You need a clear mind for it to shine.