We live in a time where social media is becoming a world power. It alters the content you want to see and avoids things you might resist. When this is repeats on every person you know, the slightest biases on ideas can become extreme without your knowledge. Under such an unregulated territory, you need to make sure you check and balance yourself to maintain your idea closer to your identity. If not, those ideas will take over and change you.
Whatever the opinion you have on a subject, society has two types of responders to it. No matter how good and logical your idea is there will be people opposing it point-blank. Also, even if your idea is so evil and selfish, still there will be people who support it. (Disclaimer – No one can judge your opinion as good or evil. The words were used for the sake of the argument. To point out that there are two sides to any story.)
And the part that might shock you is that all these opinions do have some valid logic behind it. Yes, even the things that you find absolutely absurd or valid. Take Gay rights, for example, there is no doubt that no one should ever feel discriminated. I’m not here to pass judgments on it (I’ll stay clear from that mine). However, even such a liberal idea that enables everyone to live in dignity can sometimes go south. When a group of activists overreacts to something creating chaos, no one would dare criticize that act because no-one wants to be called the person who opposed a gay movement. As a result, a movement that is supposed to empower and liberalize communities can sometimes become an extreme idea itself. But how does that happen?
When you believe in something, especially in something meaningful like supporting gay rights or feminism, you tend to associate people who validate and support the same ideas. With the help of social media that connects likeminded people together, you tend to get into a cocoon of comfort within your own community and refuse to see the other side of the coin. When this trend kicks in, there could be people who have never even seen the other side of the story. And that can drag you into a rabbit hole of comfort.
As a result, you tend to overreact to the slightest changes you see in the system. If you are a hardcore republican, you might wonder why on earth others don’t follow the same ideas. They see the same things as me, and still, they decide to vote for others. Well, the truth is they don’t see what you see. They see something entirely different, and they too think of you the same way. Now apply the same principle for flat earth believers. You might wonder why they are so cynical. But you got to understand, they do not see what you see. They are in a comfort zone of their own that supports that validates flat earth ran by a government hides everything from you.
The only way to get out of this rabbit hole is by turning yourself up. Up to the real world. The world where other opinions exist. You don’t have to follow all that, but you need to accept their existence and maybe even get exposed to them. Create meaningful conversations across different ideas instead of the same. That is the only way to make sure you stay on the surface and see the world as it is.