Thank You, Web 2.0

I do not have a clue why I spend any time reading the comments accompanying stories on news sites (for example, CBC.ca).  In advance, I know that I will wish to throw my computer through a window in frustration, yet as a train-wreck appearing letter-by-letter on the screen, I must read.  I read on as eloquent messages are paired with (and apparently given equal credence to) rebuttals that might have been authored by the racist family hamster.  Consider the following example:

“The notion that supporters of the Idle No More movement are ‘terrorists’ is absurd.  That a group of people concerned about the quality of the water they drink are vilified while corporations are given carte blanche in the interest of making money is unbelievable.”

2 likes.

REPLY  “Get a job LOL.”

15 likes.

What did I do before the world of intelligent discourse was opened up to me in this way?  I can barely remember the days where I had to worry only about individual journalists advancing corporate ideologies.  Now, I can rest easy knowing that someone who skims the headline of an article on climate change can add at the bottom, “imo climate change is made up by socialists to line they’re pockets” can garner as much attention as the original article.  Don’t worry, I am aware that dissing Web 2.0 in a blog is highly hypocritical, but let’s just say I recognize both the potential and the downside of this medium.  🙂

And Your Point Is…?

This life.  Beautiful, sweet, terrifying life.   Existence on this planet is almost too weird to be believed, yet here we are, carbon-based meat sacks wandering around pretending we will not some day be gone.  We can mask the knowledge of our mortality or divert our attention to trivial matters, but the reality looms large.  So…what?  For those who do not believe there is a reward after death, what is the fricking point?  Maybe there is no clear point, only a nebulous, frustrating, never-attainable goal.  During our short time here, we can take responsibility for our actions and choose to be compassionate.  We can voice our dissatisfaction with the status quo, live with as small an eco-footprint as possible, and we can be kind.  We can know that we need the help of the collective to make change, but we can be catalysts for that change, by living our values and being positive forces in the world.  Even if we at times despair that we have gone too far down the roads of war, greed, and environmental destruction, we have the choice in every moment of every day to make a difference.  And if, at the end of every day, we can say that we truly tried, that we did our best, maybe that is all that matters.