TAMA NAAA! |
8 Things We Should
Just Stop Doing
By Eldrin Veloso
The world, as it is now, is crazy.
Ok, probably not. But, a lot of crazy things are happening around us, and we can’t help but think that this craziness will swallow the entire earth eventually if we don’t do something now.
But we can do something and make the world a better place. Let’s start with stopping ourselves from doing the things that make this world stranger every day.
This is the only life we’ll ever live on earth. Will we allow it to be spent this way?
If everyone’s doing it, doesn’t mean we should follow suit. We know this too well.
Yet, we still join in the next fad. Whether it’s speaking out about a complicated issue or hating a personality or pruning our social media accounts, it is so easy for us to ride on the bandwagon. We are busy copying that we forgot our ability to create.
The downside of bandwagon is there’s a tendency to attribute more importance to a particular matter than it actually merits. We throw the terms ‘trending’, ‘popular’, and ‘viral’ like it’s a nationwide concern; when in reality, the only people who are more knowledgeable about it are those within a specific community. In essence, this turns us into a mob who would give a senate chairmanship shuffle the same weight as a boo-boo in a film awards.
Let’s always remember that a lie told a thousand times can be perceived as the truth. We only live once in this world; do we really want to spend it copying everybody else?
Sometimes, at the brink of desperation, we tend to seek solutions from other people. And at that moment that they were able to ‘save’ us—share our sentiment or solve our current problem—it is normal to appreciate the deed.
But let’s not go overboard and accord all our hopes and beliefs to that one moment, or to that one individual. We have a tendency, in our frustrated search for a savior, to extremely revere the next person that shows promise to address even just one of our dilemmas. That’s like trusting your janitor to manage your household because he was able to fix the leak in your pipes.
And with our strong admiration, we tend to overlook the faults of our idol; sometimes we even blindly defend the obvious mistakes. Because if we admit there are shortcomings, it will shatter the venerated image we made for our hero. Multiply that thinking with a bandwagon and that’s how autocracy can be enabled.
No one—not a single personality—deserves your idolatry because we are all humans in this world–fallible and equally able as the next person.
We only live once in this world; do we really want to spend it giving another person that much power?
And sometimes, because we are so sold with an idea or personality, we become blind to the arguments against it. We tend to advocate only those pieces of information that can back up our support for that idea or personality.
If we cherry pick only what we want to hear, 1) we’d be trained to be narrow-minded and avoid thought-provoking views, 2) we’d never flex our critical thinking because we see no challenges to our opinions, and, 3) we’d never understand the full picture.
We only live once in this world; do we really want to spend it with a limited view?
In our pursuit to cherry pick information, we end up creating them. We twist and infer events or ideas so that it would support our position. We trumpet it like it’s the only argument that matters even though it bears little to no truth.
Often, these “facts” arise from hate and the desire to just win an argument. Because if it were a fact, we could be silent about it and it still would be that—a fact. Like how we cry fact-less opinions or argue in hyperbole, we proliferate alternative facts just so we have something to drown the opposing side with. But in reality, no one wins when there’s no meaningful discussion.
Whenever we’re sharing information or offering opinions, let’s constantly ask ourselves: are these based on irrefutable facts with evidence? Because if we keep on presenting these “facts”, we’d have differing versions of truth that soon enough, we won’t understand each other.
We only live once in this world; do we really want to live it with no truth compass?