More often than not we find ourselves amongst the people with conflicting ideas and interests. While we tend to accept the differences most of the times, there are times when we feel agitated and have a tendency to respond (or react).
Before the arrival of digital age, such confrontations were mostly only face-off and were often limited to a very limited set of people we deal with at work or home. But in the last decade or so, with the advent of social media and such other platforms, we have seen a steep swell in the intolerance.
Social media platforms are replete with abuses and violent discordance. And ironically a lot of data published on these platforms is contorted so as to fudge an event causing a sentiment change paramount to a mental revolution amongst the masses.
There is a lot of perplexity that has been captivating my mind in this context (tendency to respond on digital platforms) and it is this
Even if we know what we are going to say is going to fall on deaf ears, why do we still have a tendency to respond (or react)?
Does it arise from ego? I often wonder. Indeed, the ease that the digital media provides for providing one’s opinion has added to our cravings to provide a response. Yet, somehow, it is our ego which overshadows our wisdom momentarily and persuades (or coerces) us to act (react). We know what we are doing is a futile act, yet we have a very strong tendency to do it!
As they say
An ego trip is a journey to nowhere!