In continuation of the theme of my previous blog lets take a look at how some of the other old sayings fare in the age of Social Media. The one that immediately jumps to mind is what is usually referred to as the Golden Rule. Of course I will put in all the usual caveats that I am not interesting in hurting any religious sentiments so for the faithful amongst my readers please DO NOT think so and instead try and read on with an open mind. So lets look at why the Golden Rule fails most of us in this day and age!
To start with its a “Dog eat dog” world today more than ever in every aspect of our lives. One of the biggest consequences of the demands of Social Media in terms of being “In the know” and being relevant is the unavoidable bonfire of one’s vanity! Reminds me of the ending sequence in The Devils Advocate wherein Al Pacino goes “Vanity.. definitely my favorite sin”! Catch it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3M68wcB6L0s.
So what’s this got to do with the Golden Rule you ask? To answer that please forgive me for posing a question in return: “What do you do to quell this burning fire inside of you?”. If you ask me I help those around me to participate in the bonfire of the vanities. Instead of referring to the classic movie I would rather like to point you in the direction of the meaning of the phrase as published in the Urban Dictionary: “An old tradition of burning of any objects that are regarded as sinful or immoral, as if a bonfire fueled by the condemned objects would erase the social problems associated with them.” and voila now the reference to Social Media makes sense!
If you are still confused then here is the simplified version: We purposefully, aggressively, and shamelessly promote our beliefs and dogmas within our social circles so as to gain acceptance and more importantly a sense of belonging so that we may be spared the most disturbing task of trying to determine for ourselves if we are right or wrong. As long as enough people around us agree then we are absolved of all responsibility! In return we are more than happy and willing to help others within our social circles achieve the same objective so that our collective vanities are well taken care of and are on the level. So in fact when it comes to Social Media we break the Golden Rule so often that me might as well have it struck off the record for good! Amen to that!