We live in an era where social media has given the opportunity to many to express their opinion, it has given a voice to those who had no way to express themselves, has lifted minorities and exposed unbalances. Access to information is at an all-time high and all that is readily available helps to no end those who need to formulate an opinion.
We tweet, post photos on Instagram, chat constantly on facebook and literally feed on feeds posted by those we know, those we look up to and those we disagree with. Social media has helped a lot of people make new friends, connected old ones and reunited long lost family members.
However like all things in life, incorrect use of a medium often opens the doors to hate speech, promotion of unbecoming behaviour and unwarranted gossip that ultimately hurts innocent people. The use of media for unwarranted reasons has unfortunately become the norm and the perpetrators are targeting the weak, the most gullible to carry their malign agenda forward. Young people are particularly exposed to this, even with our best efforts we cannot monitor all our children access over the internet so it is imperative that we start educating them on how to discard the trash available on the web. It is by no means an easy task as many a time the arguments are presented in a way that convince even the most hardened, let go those who are still starting to discover the world and have no idea about the hazards it presents on a daily basis.
I have written about this subject several times and I will take the risk of sounding repetitive but the importance of feeding our future generations the correct information cannot be stressed enough. Our children and our grand children are the leaders in the making of a new world, built around the concept of freedom and at all costs we must not allow our kin to fall in the trap of leading without conscience. The world has achieved much where it comes to human rights but brainwashing people and turning them into fully functional robots is not what we should be aiming for. As archaic as it may sound, morality still remains the basis for moving forward in peace and promoting solidarity. The old world, still reeling from the atrocities of the Second World War is not mature enough to distinguish well from evil; we still seek comfort in shallow things t
The silent majority is happy to work, live and enjoy family life in its simple form not withstanding the advances technology has made, we are dealing with human lives and as such technology should be an option and not the norm.
How many kids read books nowadays, and whilst many agree how important it is to read, I wonder how many actually do.
Drastic measures are never easy, but in order to keep the fire burning we need to find common ground, actually discuss a book with colleagues at work, or with our kids at home I am sure that a good 80% of the audience has never read a book finding it too time wasting. Live feeds and magazines are all good if they carry an honest message, compiled by real dedicated journalists but the literate world needs to read more books, that is the bottom line.
Social media is here to stay, but there is more to life than that. Personal interactions, healthy discussions and accepting the fact that life is not a straight line are all part of an important process called living.
We need our youths to be more appreciative of what we handed them over, but that will never happen if we don’t engage ourselves in community team building. Our lives interact and it is up to each and everyone of us to go that extra mile and pass on what ever good our parents have thought us… without the use of social media