When I walk through the streets of social media, especially Twitter and Facebook, I cannot help but admire the change Technology has brought – it has created a global village where there is no distance between people. We network, share ideas and opinions. There’s nothing you cannot find and do on social media.
The advent of technology has simplified education, made knowledge readily available, easily accessible, and given people – a voice. We sit behind our screens and with our keypads, announce our presence to the world.
Unfortunately, with every good thing comes its side effect or better still, for every good thing, we can find something bad it can be used for. I am worried about my learned generation who use the power of social media to abuse people through insults, at the least opportunity they get – to share their opinions.
I have seen how young men and women disrespect both their peers and the elderly on social media just because they disagree with them. I roam through the streets of Twitter and chance on an ongoing intellectual conversation, only to find insults as the dominating opinions shared on the discussion.
We are gradually becoming a generation that has grown too wise and forgotten its morals. We know too much to give honor to whom honor is due. The law of honor is a life principle – it’s a seed you sow for your future. Technology, knowledge, and politics in our modern society have bridged the gap between us so much that the elderly and the young are co-equals. That is not to say be afraid or timid to speak, what I mean is that we cannot get too advanced and forget the place of honor and reverence in life.
We understand and have proven that wisdom is not necessarily in old age, hence, we can expect ‘anything’ from the elderly, however, respect is for all – even the ‘fool’ deserves it. We cannot attend all the schools in the world, have access to infinite knowledge, and reduce our conversations to only insults- what do we gain? Someone says something we disagree with, and in our wisdom, we believe insults are the best response. Where did we learn this from?
We become so emotional, especially with issues on politics and religion that we don’t mind whom we offend and disrespect, with our opinions. I know that sometimes you want to get some things off your chest and speak your mind, but not everything is worth your response. If what you have to say won’t build people, it’s best you keep it. Sometimes your silence is a greater answer.
If your only response and opinion to intellectual discussions or any discussion is insults, then you are society’s problem. We challenge people on issues we have little or no knowledge about because we have the voice. We cannot correct wrong with wrong.
We are living in a time where it is expedient we live intentionally, where it is necessary we don’t just live for ourselves but for others. Generations that have gone ahead of us might have failed in a number of things – some of its fruit we are reaping today, howbeit, for the sake of posterity, let us do our best. We cannot raise a generation to think that the only way they can make sense in an argument or discussion is through insults. Let us be the role models future generations will be grateful for.
Finally, I am not asking you to be perfect, we will still continue to preach “Be you” and hope you become a better version of yourself, all I ask is be intentionally wise. We have the freedom to speak and no one can infringe on it, my only hope is that we exercise our privilege to think.