That knot in your stomach, that pressing feeling in your chest, the lump in your throat. If you follow the news, you’ve probably felt like that a lot in the past few weeks. You might feel as though the world is coming apart at the seems, but it’s not. It is coming alive.
We are witnessing the latest stage of a process that has been happening ever since the first novels were printed. The trend continued with pamphlets, magazines, film, and colour television. Every time we get a new piece of media technology we see ourselves as who we really are, and often we don’t like what we see.
I’d like to tell you that it’s going to get better, but in some ways it’s not. Every death is going to get more painful as we have access to the backstories and grieving families of the victims. We can’t see them as statistics as well as we used to.
Yes, the Internet makes it so we can’t ignore these problems anymore. And that’s a good thing. No one really wants the status quo anymore. It is going to take a lot of work, but I am seeing hearts change out there.
If you care about a having a more equal society, and you are not in any hurry to prove people wrong, you can really do a lot of good out there. You may have to grit your teeth and listen to your friends repeat facts to you that you know are wrong, but the true inaccuracies fall apart against the most basic questions. If you find yourself worn out, by all means, take a rest and give yourself the strength to fight, but keep that pain close to you. It will come in handy when it’s time to act. I believe that we are on the right path. It’s a painful one, but it is one that leads to justice.