“India is an intolerant country”
There, that was easy. One simple line, repeat it often, across all forms of media and watch it become the truth.
Reminds me of the scene from HOUSE OF CARDS, when Frank (politician) plants a story with Zoe, (newbie news reporter) suggesting a cabinet appointment, he tells her to- “say that name.. say it over and over. Tomorrow afternoon, write it down, then watch that name come out the mouth of the President of the United States. This is where we get to create.” and no wonder what follows is a ‘domino effect‘.
That is when you realize –
“ A pen is mightier than a sword.“
We have been reading about this since our school days; but never before, have we been able to experience it first hand.
Our brain is a stone and our five senses the chisel, that give a shape to it. What we feed our brain via these senses mainly contributes to the outcome.
Intolerance has been repeated so often now that our brain has taken it up as the truth, waving a red flag as soon as it sees a pattern matching the same..
But, how many of us actually face intolerance on a day-to-day basis? is the real question.
My life, personally is free of such, so called rising intolerance. And if i look out of my window i cannot see it. For miles arround me, each and every person is living his life, going about doing his or her work..
.. but all that changes, as soon as i switch on the news or go on twitter or Facebook or whatsapp. It is as if, the whole world is exploding with riots and end of humanity.
That is where the problem lies..
Dumbing down our brain, to such a level that, unknowingly we have been manipulated by the social media is not a new concept. We have been been brain washed over ages with speeches, newspapers, radio,movies, music,TV, videos etc etc, for good or bad.
But that was nothing, compared to the means available now. In these past few years with advancement of technology, the world has just become too close for comfort.
And this online life has started creeping into our actual offline life..
Ever wondered what our life would be if, we had no government or rules and regulations. If we were allowed to self govern our thoughts and actions?
well, THAT is the online virtual world, that you and i have surrounded ourself with,
is the word to describe it.
The problem is, people have got an easy access, to excess amounts of the virtual stage.
Everyone has an opinion, and uncensored can telecast it to the entire world,
and with every “like” every “retweet” every “forward“, it becomes a positive reinforcement for the brain to stick to that kind of thinking.
It is like telling a joke which everyone laughs at and then you keep repeating it. But it is only funny once or twice, after that you need a new joke or a new audience.. And that is where our virtual world steps in.. endless supply of new people. Some you have never or will never meet..
I have always believed that Human greed for power, money and fame will lead to our ultimate doom.. and now the power to control the people has never been easier. Isolated events happening across the world, play right into the hands of those, who do not want me and you to live in peace for their own greed.
My country has been the same. I do not believe, it to have become intolerant suddenly (if it was; riots would have been going around as you read)
..only there is a “fish market” online which needs to turn down its volume a bit!
That said; are you willing to disconnect yourself from this virtual world (including tv and other forms of media) completely?
I think not.
Who would want to feel left out??
(remember groupism?, peer pressure from school and college days? , herd mentality?)
We have become a bunch of unruly immature kids running wild on the Internet..and that is the truth!
In the end all i want to say is-
Be careful what you feed your brain,
because it is highly impressionable.
You and I have the power to ignore it and stop letting the negativity affect us, and do what really matters to us.
25th Nov 2015.
“Keep a check on your digital diet, cause it might be making you terribly sick.”