~ At coffee this morning I met with a fellow blogger who was visibly upset over some nasty comments they received on their blog, “Kenneth, I just don’t get it, why are so many people on the Internet vicious and mean? Why do they resort to name calling?”
Sadly, many of the people who use the Internet are in fact rather nasty and mean; and the main reason is that you no longer need credentials to spew your venom and nonsense.
Before the Internet came into existence it was much more difficult to find a platform to speak to the public if you were a crazy person. Western Culture had (correctly) created a system that prevented crazy people from being able spew their venom at the masses; you go to grammar school and high school, then for those that wanted to pursue higher education they went to college, graduate school, and for an even smaller number of people there was the opportunity to get a PhD.
But nowadays you no longer need a college degree to be able to speak to a large audience; you merely need to create a blog…..free of charge no less!
Thus, the blogging world is filled with a bunch of crazy people who think they know it all. They spew venom and hatred. They love to hear the sound of their voice and they think that their insanity is correct……because they have never obtained a college education and found out how wrong and nutty they are!
This is not to say that everyone who gets a college degree is perfect or has it all together. However, college tends to weed out the crazy people. It is more difficult for someone to think that the world is flat, or that we never landed on the moon if they are going to get a college degree.
Going to college helps to train you to think more logically. Writing essays and studying in the constructive manner of higher education helps you to form a better epistemological basis when it comes to logical thinking.
The world of blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media has become a community of people wanting to be mean and nasty. Name calling is common fare in the world of social media as the Internet is full of people who resort to the lowest common denominator when it comes to ethics and morality.
For the small handful of bloggers or social networkers who have large followings it tends to be even worse. Jealousy arrises from the ranks of people who do not have large followings and it leads to personal attacks and personal vendettas by others who are mad that nobody is listening or reading their nonsense. Thus, if you have a large following you will most certainly be targeted by crazy people who are jealous of your success.
The Internet is also full of a lot of people who have a ton of venom to spew, but don’t back it up with actions. It is easy to spew your venom and nonsense, it is much harder to put your money where your mouth is, for instance; Christians and atheists love to write blogs on the Internet in order to proselytize and convert others to their ideology. But how many of these Christians and atheists REALLY care about humanity?
After all, I have spent the better part of a decade working with disadvantaged populations; the homeless, drug addicts, alcoholics, the extreme poor, those incarcerated, and more…..and yet in all my time working with these populations, I rarely saw other Christians or atheists from my communities working alongside of me.
It was usually next to impossible to get any volunteer help in the organizations I worked with; unless people were getting paid, the Christians and atheists weren’t interested in helping us.
Hey, I work a full time job. It’s not like I’m chomping at the bit to go downtown to the ghetto at night to help out at the soup kitchen after I worked all day…..but if I don’t put my money where my mouth is, then I’m nothing more than another talking head hypocrite blathering endlessly like the rest of the people on the Internet.
The reality of the situation is that I look forward to a day where I am able to spend all my time in service to my fellow humans. I would love the opportunity to spend 100 hours a week in human service, but for the present, my attention is divided because I still have to pay my bills.
Compared to the life of Jesus I have no business bragging about what I’ve done to help my fellow brothers and sisters. Jesus realized the plight of the poor and the disadvantaged like no other person that has ever lived, and in the end he is my role model in all that I do.
As far as all these crazy people on the Internet, well, there’s not much you can do with people who love to hear the sound of their own voice. Perhaps one day they will have talked so much nonsense that they will have run out of things to say……wouldn’t that be a nice day?
just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee,
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