Nothing could pry me from my lazing about over the weekend. What I anticipated didn’t transpire, and I enjoyed the lack of plans or needing to do anything in particular. Unfortunately I have a scorching sunburn to prove it as well.
I accomplished a lot of healthy brainstorming and friendly, chatty, catching up, and daydreaming too.
In an introspective moment, as I once again began to deliberate over my pseudo-silence on social media platforms, I concluded it’s all narcissistic regardless. Both sides of the coin. The showing up and the staying quiet
There’s a superficial transparency, and then there’s a transparent self-honesty. Most social media is selling something: a brand; a product; an idea; an ideal; a newsletter to read; a tribe to agree with or cling to. Even the most sincere among us are in it for ourselves. To be listened to, to be heard, to be agreed with, to be validated.
I will always be in a negotiating battle with myself, someone seeking authenticity. Because I know how truly transparent I am, in person, in real life.
Social media keeps showing us from how high people can fall, too.
And because I have to say something about it, I don’t care if Kanye is on a publicity stunt-album selling-fake-out tour. His platform is so large. There’s a sliver of hope we could be on the brink of a real cultural revolution. The Democratic party has taken advantage of black communities for too long; keeping some in the mindset of victim mentality and marginalization. No, blacks do not have to be Democrats! Conservative values do not have a color or a class. And for those saying his alignment with MAGA themes is giving alt-right or white supremacist a pass, this is bullshit. There are bad apples in every class or party or sect of society. Are you in alignment with Antifa if you’re a Democrat? Two truths can exist simultaneously. I can agree with Trump’s policies and hate his character. I can be associated with a party that also includes some racist, but this doesn’t mean I am racist. Period.
Here’s to real hope and change.
Book reflections of April 2018 is live. I will post it again tomorrow in this feed.
image by Wilfred Satty