People clot below flags, pool around teams, and stack in pews. We allow others to author our ideas. When in groups, we become brave--but it is not the bravery of the peace march, it is the bravery of the lynch mob. Social media, for all its good, has allowed bullies new masks, has provided snipers new perches. This is not a rally to some new cause. It ia not a call to arms. More, it is a challenge to our adaptability. As a species we have faced the challenges of drought, flood, storm, quake, tsunami, wildfire, volcano, famine, and disease. What we cannot outrun or outwit is ourselevs. Our own selfishness, our quickness to form tribes, to circle wagons, to be the third man in. Social media has allowed one to shift alliances more often than a pro wrestler. One day a good guy, the next day bad, and back again. It has allowed us to hold a magnifying glass to the smallest dustup and distort it to the significance of a pitched battle.
I am very tired. I have no money and bad teeth. I'm going to sit out awhile. I'm going to concentrate on my writing and my photography. I have deactivated my Facebook account, at least for the time being. You may notice over the coming weeks seeing less of me here and on Twitter.
If there is a small spot of sun in the garden, I'll be in it.