Do we really want to once again turn social media into weapons of mass destruction, as we express our outrage over the latest political stress?
Below is a last hour insertion into my upcoming book, “The Cogjam Effect – and the Path to Healing Divisive Community and Fractured Science.” I hope that it helps you work through your anger productively, as it has for me. Happy trails!
“Yesterday I sat and watched hours of grueling testimony, supposedly part of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Instead, along with millions of other viewers, I was subjected to some of the most outrageous cogjam abuse to date. Not just how an accuser and the accused were ultimately treated, but how the overall process ensured that as many people as possible would be exposed to this florid level of divisive community and fractured science. I can only imagine where it will lead newly oversensitized inner lizards in days and weeks to come.
It also struck me as ironic. Two sworn enemies, politics and media, for once actually got together long enough to create something big and impactful. Unfortunately they couldn’t have produced a more destructive outcome, even if they’d intentionally coordinated effort toward this aim.
This represents a new crossroad for each of our cogjam journeys. Do we let anger over this new piece of outrageousness cause us to act out, taking sides and lashing out at whoever we choose to blame? Or do we let this anger fuel something that will actually make a difference, no matter how small the change may be?
Back when I was repeatedly dragging around heavy luggage, practically keeping my eyelids open with toothpicks to board wee-hour flights to disaster assignments, I couldn’t help but question why I was doing this to myself. The same answer reliably bubbled to the surface: if I made a significant difference in just one person’s disaster survival, it would all be worthwhile. And it always was.
The world can only be saved in increments. When we each do our share, community and common humanity blossom. Thus this new cogjam-fueled anger only strengthened my resolve to publish this book. If the material within makes a significant difference in the lives of only a few, it still has been worth the time and effort taken to produce it. My aim will have been achieved.
And, my own inner lizard can go back and stretch out again on that sun-warmed rock.”