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Letter: Too many people are acting without rational thought

As far as I’ve seen, in the news and in social media, some people just don’t seem to have a brain. Why? Because people these days are doing things that, in my opinion, are just irritating, stupid, irrational and  potentially deadly. The list goes on and on and on. 

Take for example, the Tide Pod challenge, in which the subject, who doesn’t deserve to even be called a human being, actually bites down on a Tide Pod and just to see what happens.

I know what’s going to happen: You’re going to die if you don’t get your stomach pumped, idiots.

It’s not just the challenges in social media, like the Ice Bucket challenge, the Cinnamon challenge, the Blue Whale challenge, etc. Frankly, there are about as many dumb challenges circulating around the Internet as there are different religious beliefs in the world, if not more.

And if you think about it, that’s what social media has been turned into these days — one big, stupid, meaningless religion, with about as many followers as any actual religion.

I know that saying this is kind of ironic, given that this in a blog would count as social media. But here’s the difference: one is constructive and another is destructive. Guess which is which? But here’s the thing: it’s not only the challenges in social media, it’s also the rhetoric used in social media. Now, there are people who are using their freedom of speech to do ridiculous, although sometimes funny, things.

For example, when the White House celebrated Donald Trump’s first year as president, there were people around the country who, for some reason, decided to commemorate the anniversary by screaming at the sky in protest. Well, at least they stopped doing ridiculous things for a little while. I mean, that must have taken a lot of air from them. And, at least, in a very tense environment, some of us got a few laughs out of it.

Some completely terrible things, including organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and Antifa, have grown stronger because of social media and gaining followers and support through it.

Social media is supposed to be constructive, but is instead destroying how some people think. Although sometimes it’s not social media’s fault; sometimes people are raised in different ways, thought to think differently, in a way that despises other human beings, such as with the KKK or the Hitler Youth.

It all depends on how some people are raised, sadly. Sometimes, you can’t blame someone for how they act, if that’s the way that they were raised, because that is the environment they grew up in.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that some people do some terrible things to preserve something from an older time, even if what they are trying to preserve is something equally terrible.

Society, you used to be an innovator, a great vessel for change, as well as knowledge and enlightenment. My question is this: What happened?

Francisco Rosario

Gainesville High School

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