"I think we all knew in the back of our minds, even though we feigned this whole line of 'unintended consequences,' I think in the back recesses of our minds, something bad could happen. "It literally is at a point now we've created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is literally where we are. I would encourage all of you how to internalize this is - if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you." – Chamath Palihapitiya, former Facebook executive
Much like fuel thrown on a raging fire, the use of social networks - namely Facebook and Twitter – is scorching society at an exponentially rapid pace. What once was an innocent way to stay connected to family and friends has become a constant barrage of ridicule, defamation, mythical lifestyles and unabated fake news. Amplifying the fire is the notion that it’s the adults in society doing the damage rather than a younger generation still learning what it means to be responsible and disciplined. The average age of Facebook users is 41, an age in life when one should have a degree of greater self-control. The average age of Twitter users is slightly younger but still old enough to control incendiary outbursts and personal bombs. And, before my liberal friends go bonkers, I agree that President Trump would be a far better leader if he’d refrain altogether from the immature use, as well. While what the president says, namely to those on the left who throw fits when under justifiable attack but who can’t go five minutes without attacking the president in much worse ways, is often spot on, I’m convinced he’d be better off just staying clear. The old adage that says arguing with a fool leaves everyone guessing who the fool actually is, is true. Equally true is that the addiction to social networks is real and destructive.
Until the damage done to those using these platforms as tools to destroy others becomes more severe in the way most addictions eventually lead to painful self-discovery and cure, I suspect the use won’t change much anytime soon. The folks who believe their value in society is somehow enhance by their every attempt to tear others down are those who’ve lost sight of what life is about. Just a quick hike through the dangers lurking in most social network jungles can create a sense of disgust and disbelief. Even with respect to our own social sites, we’ve had to ban folks if for no other reason than to maintain a standard of productive discourse and debate. Entering into such debate solely for the purpose of ripping others apart serves no value or usefulness. There are plenty of places through which that can be done without the Daily Light being one of them.
Mr. Palihapitiya is on point even if a guilt-heavy one. It’s hard to imagine that Zuckerburg and his team, including Mr. Palihapitiya, could have foreseen what would become of the Facebook concept. No amount of wealth, as I see it, will ever be worth the destruction of a society already broken by Godlessness and sin. Facebook and sites like it have become an easy, convenient gateway for most every expression of hate and anger there is which for many in this world is now a daily obsession. The beast is, in fact, destroying any chance of a return to social civility and little is being done to stop it.
Let’s just be sure, by how we behave, that we aren’t feeding it.