Wednesday, September 11, 2019

People often try to shift responsibility for solving their problems to others. Blaming someone else creates a feeling of moral rightness, or a high.
Social media help enable this behavior by making it easy to shift responsibility to someone else. People join in a public blame game, sharing injustices to generate sympathy and attention, which rewards those who feel victimized. Moral indignation makes them feel good and they get addicted to this feeling.
Here are some destructive effects:
  • People on both the right and left, rich and poor, from every demographic group claim to be victims.
  • People who are offended claim they’re being oppressed, and expect outrage and attention.
  • There’s a repeating cycle or spiral of outrage: Media find something offensive, they broadcast it, this creates outrage, they broadcast the outrage to generate more outrage.
  • The propensity of so many to declare themselves victims over small things distracts attention from real victims.
  • It threatens democracy. Part of living in a democratic society is tolerating people and views you disagree with.
We’ve all seen this counterproductive phenomenon. Instead of participating, you should:
  • Maintain a healthy skepticism toward media and avoid categorizing others.
  • Practice healthy values of honesty, doubt/uncertainty, and open-mindedness over destructive values of being right or morally superior.
  • Nurture democratic values to support our political system.

Instead of playing the victim and expecting special treatment when you encounter disagreement, take responsibility for your feelings and choices.

// My quick note from a book, Originally published at https:/


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