Wondering whether seemingly insignificant misinformation can result in massively significant outcomes further down the line. Kind of like the ‘butterfly effect’ in chaos theory, but applied to complex information systems, like social media.
So, fo example, I saw a toot the other day (can’t remember who by) that said that in the UK people are currently not allowed to exercise outside for more than an hour. This is not true - there is no limit on how long you can exercise for in the UK (there are limitations, but this is not one of them). Misinformation, but probably insignificant. But maybe a few incidents of this kind of small modifications of the truth can, later down the line, result in big and significant changes in the beliefs and behaviour of a large number of people?
Maybe #truth is more important than we think.
Sectarianism is a road that leads only to destruction. When we begin to depersonalise and dehumanise those we don’t agree with, we no longer care about them. This gives way to indifference, hatred and eventually violence and death.
This is what happened in Nazi Germany. We’ve seen its ugly face in Northern Ireland. Don’t let it destroy the #USA.
Freedom of speech seems to end up with people heading to their respective bunkers and echo-chambers where we shout, denounce and shut down the people who see things differently from us. It can polarise, divide and separate people. It is ‘I-centric’ - I have the right to say what I want!
Freedom of debate is about coming together to talk, argue, persuade, maybe even reason, WITH other people who see things differently from us. It means we have to practice the art of listening, which brings people together. It is ‘We-centric’ - we have the right to discuss anything we want.
Today we remember Wulfstan who became Bishop of Worcester, England, in 1062. An energetic and powerful preacher, his ability to explain and challenge saw the abolition of the slave trade between the Diocese of Worcester and Ireland.
Being an Anglo-Saxon, it is remarkable that he remained Bishop, with great influence, beyond the reign of William the Conqueror. Perhaps something to do with his humility: according to tradition, he died during his daily ritual of washing the feet of 12 of his parishioners, in 1095.
Found this TED talk very helpful...
Reminds me of the importance of knowing 'WHY you get out of bed in the morning' and 'WHY you do what you do'.
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