c is what driv…r and obvious “us and them” going on at Medium, whether elizabeth tobey wants to believe it or not. Likewise, there is a very clear and obvious “us and them” going on at every single social platform on the internet. Likewise, there is a very clear and obvious “us and them” going on in every aspect of human society. We live in a polarized world of duality and we are profoundly and utterly stuck in “us and them” thinking. We’ve been conditioned to think that way ever since we were in diapers. That polarizing dualistic dynamic is what drives human thought and action.
But is it the us vs them thinking that has given rise to our us vs them reality, or is it the reality that necessitates reactive thinking in terms of duality?
I feel torn. Because on one hand, I feel like raising my fist and declaring a side is only adding to the problem. and on the other hand, I feel like holding my tongue so as not to further polarize us just allows those loud voices who want a very different future than I do to inch a little closer to realizing their plans and smashing mine.
(obviously, I’m no longer talking about the Medium platform) :)
I’ve been saying for years that the only way out of this downward spiral the world seems to be stuck in is compromise, and acceptance of others’ choices and beliefs. LIVE AND LET LIVE.
but it doesn’t seem to be the direction we’re headed. so at what point does one say, “I’m all by myself out here on this island of “live and let live”, letting everyone live. I’m not trying to make anyone do things my way, or force anyone’s hand, or prove loyalty. I’m over here keeping my side of the street clean…and I’m getting shot at, and bullied, and stepped on, and mocked, and brutalized…because no one else got the memo.
How long before one has to pick up a weapon in self-defense?
I really fear that the only way out of this is through it, and I don’t mean that in a “Live and let live” kind of way. as much as i wish I did.