There is a third option
In the past 9 days, the frequency and level of anger on the web has reached a level that makes it hard to concentrate. In the United States both sides of the political spectrum attempting to half-heartedly change the other sides opinion, in reality,i t is a fight to be “correct.” Because he who wins in the comment section is the victor, right?
Here is the problem with being correct, much like the news you consume on a daily basis — correctness is a matter of opinion, not fact. So all your posts that are pro-march or anti-march, pro-ban or anti-ban, pro-Trump or anti-Trump, they don’t make you correct, they make you part of the noise.
Part of the idle distraction to keep you fighting online, keep you addicted to the “ding” of notifications on your phone, keep you from thinking about a problem instead of acting on one.
But what if there was a third option between correct and incorrect? Between right and wrong, between left and right?
What if you DID something?
What if instead of internet anger your default gear was DO.
Imagine if today you started getting engaged with the process, helping at charity you were passionate about, joined a non-profit board, got involved in your local government, ran for higher office?
Imagine if every person you saw online instead of posting about an issue — DID something about it.
Imagine if every political post online (a majority of which would be from people who didn’t show up on election day) disappeared overnight and people showed up at city hall, at local capitals, at the nation’s capital to DO the work?
Yes picking up a sign and marching could be a start, but what did you do Monday? The day after that?
Throughout history there are thousands of examples of single individuals who did something to bring about tangible change in the world. They started by getting up and doing the work not by blaming the other guy.
Right — Wrong — Do.
Blame doesn’t create change, action does.