I have to wonder though, are humans as hateful as they show online? Do they really hate others as much as their words and actions show? Or is there a major disconnect and the what people show online is different than they actually are?
My next question would lead me to authenticity. If you can't be the same online that you are in person to your friends, coworkers and acquaintances, then which persona should we believe? Who really are you?
I think this matters greatly because by treating each other with so much hatred while proclaiming we are great individuals, is extremely harmful to the world-at-large. Words, actions, and thoughts do matter. A thought born out of love can really help someone's day while thoughts born out of hate can really incite significant pain upon others.
We can't just sit back and hide our heads in the sand, because it truly matters. How we treat others is propagated on to other people many times over. It hurts. It harms. It keeps people hunkering down in their caves of anxiety and depression.
How we treat others is what helps this world advance or decline! I'm sorry if that goes against your beliefs and opinions, but you can just take a look at humanity through the ages and see how true this is.
The world is difficult enough on our good days and if we can't walk hand-in-hand together towards a better outcome, will this world even make it? If we stand opposed and fight and nitpick and manipulate with our opinions and beliefs, may the world somehow survive because the odds are against it in this scenario.
Yes, it does matter if we truly understand whether humans are really that hateful with one another. To ignore this, is being part of the problem that self-propagates throughout online social media. We had better wake up before it is too late. In this case, there will not be any do overs.
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