Facebook Justice Is Your Porn

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The internet can either be a gallery of amazing and inspiring things, or it can be a window into the darkest, most despicable parts of humanity. It all depends on what you choose to focus on.

It can be tempting to allow the injustices you encounter on the web to fire up your inner righteousness so much that you run right out and click share and add a soul cleansing, hyper-indignant sub-caption.

But here’s the thing…..it’s not helping.

You say you’re raising awareness? Perhaps. But more likely, you’re just perpetuating an emotional transaction that only serves to make your life feel meaningful. You’re caught in a cycle of catharsis where you are magnetically drawn to things that will make your blood boil and your synapses fire. So you shoot off a strongly worded social media post, feel the rush of satisfaction at being on the right side of the moral fence, and then proceed with your day feeling the deep comfort of being useful to society.

The only problem is….that feeling won’t last.
Do you know why people get addicted to pornography? It’s not a lack of sex. The addiction to pornography is driven by a deeply rooted need for control, escape, and a sense of power. Pornography satisfies these needs for a moment – but then it passes and as the sense of powerlessness to the reality of life sets back in, a person has to return to pornography to generate the chemical cycle that gives them a sense of power and control once again. The problem is, once you get used to that cycle, you have to up the ante to get the same rush and release – this is why the addiction to pornography inevitably drives a person towards deeper and more depraved sexual content. It’s a cycle that destroys people and an addiction that’s stronger than any chemical you can buy on the street.
And raging about social justice on social media is the exact same thing.

Your posts don’t raise awareness, they just perpetuate the large social conundrum we’re all caught in. Your posts don’t change the people who are perpetrating the injustice. They don’t even change the views of the people reading them.

All they do is darken your heart and further entrench you into the physical addiction you don’t even realize you have. I know…you keep seeing these things and you can’t resist reading and sharing them. It’s not your fault entirely – the internet is designed to do that. The more you rage about injustice, the more the internet feeds it to you – because your posts drive clicks that generate revenue. The entire framework of the internet is based on revenue, so the more the we rage about the horrific atrocities in the world, the more money gets made. And the more money that gets made, the more that these kinds of things take center stage, and the whole cycle continues as we completely cover over the beauty and majesty of our world with the dark and ugly putrescence of fallen mankind.

I’m not suggesting that we should abandon the fight against injustice. In fact, I would go so far as to say that if you see injustice occurring in a situation where you can actually change something and you choose not to act, you’re just as guilty as those perpetrating it. It’s our duty to fight injustice when it’s happening to those in our sphere of influence (assuming we’re not too fatigued from Facebook arguing), but that’s meant to be the exception, not the rule.

Outside of that kind of situation, our duty is to focus on all the things listed in the image above. It’s hard to break the addiction – and very easy to get sucked back in. You must choose to fight it every day….for the rest of your life. But like all addictions, the freedom and peace afforded by this fight far outweigh the temporary rush of giving in to your vice.

  1 comment for “Facebook Justice Is Your Porn

  1. June 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    100% agree…and especially “it’s our duty to fight injustice when it’s happening to those in our sphere of influence”. I was not created with the mental and emotional capacity to fight every injustice that media can feed me. It is overwhelming and ultimately immobilizing. Find your passion, calling, vision, whatever it is and then go actually do something. Off line.

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