It is a trip that will virtually never be forgotten. See what I did there?
The internet can be a funny thing. A person can post whatever they want on their social channels of choice and sway entire groups of people to opinions and judgements that may be founded entirely on fiction. This is the world we live in.
I pulled an early April fools yesterday, and it appears most people bought it, hook, line and sinker. I got texts from multiple people who were concerned for my life and well being. My wife got texts. It ranged from 'Are you getting a divorce?' to 'Are you okay?' to 'Dude, so jealous. have fun.' The genuine concern was concerting. However, the lack of critical thinking and trust of character was highly disconcerting.
It shows who we are. We believe it if we see the picture. Remember the video of the guy riding a bike being chased by a bear? Fake. Have you seen any of these images and stories float around the internet? Fake. (At least according to the article, which may well be... fake.)
Some people decided that my post was mean and pointless. But it did have a point. In fact there are more than a few.
A. One picture can cause divisive and intense emotions. These can be used to manipulate you. The best marketers and advertisers know this and use it against you. So keeping on with the belief that media is authoritative in telling you the truth is actual insanity.
B. The internet doesn't actually know me. Only a handful of people on the internet know me, the rest assume they know me through a stream of carefully selected images and posts that I put out. The reality? Those people only see what I want them to see, and even if it is the truth, it is only a tiny sliver of my whole being.
C. As a whole we all need to think much more critically about the continuous stream of propaganda we indulge in on a daily basis. Remember the story the Emperor wears no clothes? Well it looks like to me we are all naked as jaybirds and very few are willing to admit it.
There are more. Many more. But C is the kicker for me. Please join me in being a more critical thinker before assuming or judging anyone or anything based on one little Facebook post. Do your homework and research, study and stop believing whatever is said on the internet or in any media for that matter. Stop being manipulated by the government and corporations and even your friends. And to those who reached out directly to find out the real story, I salute you. That... is the moral of the story.
Peace and Love,