You must have seen them, or at least caught a glimpse of the heaps of articles telling you how to make a difference on social media. Guidelines on an effective creation of an alternate self: A better you, a more likable you, a successful you. Can we make a difference on social media? What does it even mean, to make a difference there? Does it ripple over to other spheres of existence? Does it even make a dent when it comes to anything non-pixelated? Does it affect anything real?
Picture a huge cage.
You place all kinds of goodies into this cage, to lure in the birds, and they come!
The hungry ones come first, maybe others come a bit later, maybe for other reasons.
It doesn’t really matter.
In the end, they are inside the cage that was provided for them.
The master of the cage can turn on the light, making it seem like the sun is shining, or can cover the cage, making it seem like it’s night. The master of the cage can do all kinds of things, adding more and more different sorts of details to observe the birds, collect data, influence their perception, and their awareness, condition them in different ways, in a way teaching them the proper rules of the cage.
The birds don’t care about any of that, they are more focused on each other. They like the company of other birds, so they try to adjust. Chitter-chatter, all the time, they talk, they share details from their lives, they try to convince each other of stuff, they feel like they are doing something. They are making a difference!
More and more, the birds lose sight of the fact that they are in the cage. They forget where they came from, they forget how it was to fly, and they sort of just jump around, maybe stretch their wings a bit, or they just sit still.
At best, if they do everything right, they can become someone in that cage: a sort of super bird.
A sort of super-trapped bird.
If all those birds were to leave that cage… then… well then, they could really do something!
They could affect things outside the cage, and not just within.
But they don’t.
Consider that, once upon a time, the birds were a force to be reckoned with, especially when united!
In the cage, however, they were harmless.
Their innate life force neutralised. Their repetitive chirping had something so wistful about it, even when they sang of flying and joy, that it resembled wailing, more than birdsong. Observed collectively, from a distance, they seemed resignedly neutered.
The Heroic Social Media Battle
Is there such a thing? If emotional drain counts as a primary symptom of a heroic battle, then, maybe.
Does posting on social media ever equal fighting for something?
What if… posting on social media equals venting?
What if by venting and blowing off steam on social media, people become less likely to do anything out there, in the real world?
What if any concept that is being fought for “out there” was also created out there?
What if posting and talking on social media never creates anything?
What if it can only amplify that which is created out there?
And who is out there? Are you?
Who creates out there?
But, let us pause for a moment, and zoom out a bit further.
I can confidently make a claim, explaining it in great detail, to convince most listeners, but then come the questions. Additional questions.
Cages, Attachments, and Spheres of Influence
Is life all just about choosing cages? When you get a job, when you are in a relationship, when you have children, couldn’t all of these also be seen as cages? As constructs which entrap us?
And then, once such a cage is chosen and/or accepted, don’t we henceforth focus our efforts on making changes within the chosen cage? Are cages, attachments, and spheres of influence one and the same?
Does the ability to exert influence necessitate the acceptance of a precontrived range?
Who contrives the range?
It is said that too many questions obfuscate the issue. Then again, is there ever an issue which is so simple that it doesn’t touch upon any other issue? Isn’t it then our duty, as conscious and aware beings, to obfuscate it to the extent of including all relevant questions?
Currently, our society is feverishly consumed by one-sidedness and utmost assuredness. It is starving for questions, and begging for dialogue.
Did you notice?