The sense of satisfaction or frustration when involved in social media’s arguments, particularly in our current pandemic crisis leaves no one with the final word.
Self-control and discernment in any argument or debate requires one to elevate from their present condition drawing upon an obsequiousness to fully understand the opposing side. Obsequiousness does not mean one sets aside boldness or action, but rather holds one back from expressing their opinion to genuinely hear someone. Healthy discussion as in healthy relationships require resisting reaction (words or physical protests) to discern how to respond.
However, our society with all its’ rapid-fire technology and handheld devices to instantly connect faceless opinions has caused us to become more aggressive instead of seeing and feeling that in-person’s discomfort.
It takes a lot of energy to be humble.
And a lot of resolve to listen.
Our impatience because of our current level of individual crisis causes us to be slow to listen and often quick to react and most often in anger. Perhaps this is not true for everyone outwardly, but most certainly with internal anxiety.
I want my life back!!
When we come through this crisis (and we will), will we be apt to say, “It is not likely that having been through this global pandemic and more than likely the greatest crisis of my life, that I now turn back to how things were before?”
There is an undercurrent of temptation in lock-down, a forceful and dominant strength to enforce a necessary change once the coast is clear. Yet an unguarded strength is also a weakness, a riptide pulling one out into a sea of complacency in those areas that do not immediately affect one’s individual life.
Will one drown by the unwinnable social media arguments furthering the divide or be saved by the calm parallel swimming in humility and discernment?
“What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses.” Hippocrates
Will we take this moment in time (though this moment in lock-down seems like an eternal hell) when the coast becomes clear to stumble over our strong points or over our weaknesses?
Will we be able to look past our individual crisis, assumed pundit opinions, and those who succumbed to finger-pointing instead of holding onto a shared vision of one people, one nation?
“True leadership is revealed in the crucible of a crisis.” Khang Kijarro Nguyen
Mental resilience is crucial in defining us as individuals and as a nation with humble hearts, creative innovation and bold action not to return to what we knew, but to what we were always striving to become for one people, one nation, and one world.
It is called the American dream.
Stay home. Stay safe.
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