The Participants of Chaos

1. The person who creates chaos.

2. The person who reacts to the person who created the chaos.

3. The platform serving the two participants.

That’s what’s happening on Facebook and Twitter.

One person posts or tweets something negative, and people react to it.

Comments. Shares. Retweets.

The result is a compounding chaos.

Unfortunately, the platforms serving the participants can’t control it. So they just let it be.

I think they let things the way they are because that’s how they earn money. So that’s probably the upside.

But there’s a downside as well:

The participants eventually lose their inner peace. They start to hate each other. They become toxic, judgmental, self-righteous, stressful, anxious, and unproductive.

That sucks.

Maybe these platforms have good intentions in the first place. Who knows? Maybe, all they wanted is to create a place for people to connect and share ideas.

But since the participants can’t control posting and spreading negativity, it didn’t turn out the place it was supposed to be.

In short, the platforms aren’t the ones responsible for the chaos — it is the participants who have the choice to stop it.

Here’s an experiment:

Try not to post, tweet, or comment on these platforms for a week. You’ll see.

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Jade Panugan

Some interesting questions about life and human behavior: What if there's no money? Why we often feel the urge to prove that we're right and others are wrong? Why we react to things beyond our control? Why we hate? Why it's hard to be content? I don't have all the answers, do you? Let's chat.