There are these moments when people do things around me that appear on the surface to reinforce the perception that most people are self-centered, self-focused, selfish and all the other “self” prefixed words. My usual reaction is to point out that society is going down the toilet or that people are such a** holes these days.
I do believe that social media has changed us. It has changed how people interact with the world around them. The most interesting change, in my opinion, is the selfie. Stop for a moment and imagine how you might have viewed someone 15 years ago who used their camera to take pictures of themselves. We would have thought “how vain do you have to be?”, but in today’s world the selfie is completely acceptable.
On the surface society would appear to be spinning in the toilet bowl. People do appear to be more self-focused. People do appear to be less interested in helping others.
But all of these perceptions are superficial. When I stop and think about humanity in general, I believe that most people are good. I believe most people have good intentions. I also believe most people care about others and are considerate.
It’s easy to be influenced by social media and the inundation of news to believe that the entire world sucks. And I’ll admit I have fallen victim (at times) to this false narrative.
The truth is there are a lot of good people who are trying their best to make it through a hard life and a tough world.