posted on May, 1 2019 @ 02:30 PM
I feel the same way. The problem is in trust.
We don't trust our politicians because they lie all the time. We don't trust the media because they bend the truth, distort the facts, and spin the
news to meet a certain agenda. We can't trust social media because of Russian bots and this ridiculous "meme" era we live in. (Seriously...people
get their news from meme's...it's pathetic).
We can't come to open forum sites like Reddit or even ATS because the tribe mentality that develops within them. A perfect example is the comments
section here vs the comments section on Reddit. They are two COMPLETELY different perspectives. They couldn't be any further from each other in
terms of ideological placement. Reddit is heavy on the left and if you're centrist or conservative...you'll be attacked from all angles in the
comments. ATS is heavy on the right and if your centrist or liberal, you'll get tag-teamed into submission. So...you can't trust open forums
We've been raised to not discuss politics at work, at the dinner table, or family gatherings because they always turn ugly. That lack of discussion
leads people to hold their truth to preserve the peace and when they do that, quality conversation is bypassed because people can't control their
Perhaps the biggest culprit is the media, even though we all know we can't trust them. People blindly tune into Fox and CNN or whatever their
preferred platform is and they refuse to challenge what they're being told. They take the twisted information and turn it into reality. Then, in
conversations with others in person and online, they regurgitate exactly what they hear through their media outlets. And with that, they void
themselves of any trust from any critically thinking, independently minded person.
And the Mueller/Barr/Trump situation becomes impossible to translate for yourself because you and I and anyone else who's trying to form their own
rational opinion on it are left relatively clueless because there isn't a single shred of information that can be trusted...anywhere...at anytime.
So for me...I try my best to just ignore it all. It'll all pass by at some point. Sometimes I find myself participating in the conversation but it
doesn't take long for me to realize that a reasonable outcome is highly unlikely to come of it.
edit on 1-5-2019 by Assassin82 because: (no reason given)