You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.
The rise of the Internet has clearly amplified all that is both good and bad about humanity.
The wealth of knowledge in your pocket is beyond comprehension. All of the facts, all of the explanations, all of the lessons to teach you how to do just about anything exists at our fingertips.
Social Media has given the human species an opportunity to learn far too much about everybody else. This gives rise to all sorts of conspiracy theories and alternate facts (Lies) which then insert themselves into the brains of less intelligent individuals who are more readily susceptible to these forms of deceit and arrogance.
Have you made the mistake of engaging in a needless debate on social media with someone you do not even know? How many times did you go back-and-forth, all the while enabling them to spew the rhetoric that they are so desirous of sharing?
There’s your barking dog.
In Winston Churchill‘s time, the widespread information patterns were considerably less prevalent, yet he was very aware that a person could use valuable time engaging with a lesser brain in an unenviable attempt to try and convince someone else of one’s own opinion.
I often wonder how our great nation will emerge out of this onslaught of unreliable widespread information and propaganda. Sometimes, I see people get so myopically focused on some of this vile rhetoric, as to give me great pause for consideration.
In the last couple years, I have made a concerted effort to reduce my desire to comment on an article that is posted by someone else, especially one that is controversial to an opinion that I do not share. I have come to the sad conclusion that most people approach almost every situation with preconceived notions that do not wish to be altered. Myself included.
I enjoy sharing ideas, obviously I spend time every day doing this. Not because I believe that I am right, for I have discovered on far too many occasions that I am completely wrong. But actually, because I enjoy the feedback that comes when something that I say stimulates a thought in another person. I don’t pretend to be right. I only engage because healthy dialogue is the only pathway to progress.
And as a closing note, I know that this particular aphorism is a metaphor, but please do not ever throw stones at a dog. They are truly man’s best friend🐶