Lately, I’ve been thinking. Can the human brain really handle the stimulus and chronic impulses received from social media?
Everyday people log “on the line” to be bombarded with breaking news stories, opinions, hot takes and verbal vomit about one’s personal life, all in the matter of seconds. Back in the day, news sometimes took weeks to reach one’s community as the message was carried via horseback.
Throughout human history, bad and terrible things have happened. And, tragic things will continue to happen in mankind’s existence. Until humans cease to exist, there will always be a battle between the light and the dark on an individual and collective level. This is the way we were created, and societies have evolved because of bloodshed. And to note, every culture, country and society have undergone dark time periods.
I believe we have the capacity to live in a utopia, but that can only exist if everyone is on the same page, which is why communes or communities work because it focuses on a smaller scale, attracting like minds. Trying to control the masses often leads to chaos and tension. It’s like trying to control a horse, a zebra, a lion, an elephant and a house cat on a farm to live cohesively.
It’s apparent that people are losing their shit online, specifically when it comes to differing opinions, political ideologies and the way society should be lived. Many people think this is something “new” when in fact, we are experience the same problems as our ancestors, just that our problems have new characters, weapons and propaganda messages.
I believe in the Age of Aquarius. In my past blogs I discussed the energy of Aquarius. It is a highly mental sign and the “ripple-looking” zodiac image symbolizes the brain wave. The water bearer pours knowledge from the pot into the river to drain the old “establishment” ways down the river. Aquarius rules technology and the combination of this mental and social media energy are combative and affects mental health wellbeing. If negativity breeds negativity than drama thrives on drama, and most people are melodramatic (some for selfish reasons to attract attention or to have their five minutes of fame.)
The Rise of Hypersensitivity
Differing viewpoints is what makes the world go ‘round. Like the zodiac wheel, earth, air, fire and water signs see, think and do things differently. Most of the world, but specifically the American culture, has a superior ego problem. The ego drives one to be right, correct and wants their voice to be heard. Because of living abroad several times, I’ve entered into cohesive disagreeing debates with foreigners that in America I’ve seen these same conversations lead to a “break up” in friendships.
The worldwide web is an ocean of different characters, egos and personalities. When you let the bull out of its cage, it’s going to go buck wild.
People who decide to comment on articles or post their hot takes are bound to get people to disagree with them. That is okay. That is a part of life. Part of this “chronic” safe space culture promotes only being around people of like-minds.
Although we all have our safe space in some aspect of life, most people who do not get out of their comfort zone cannot build the backbones they need to face the reality of life – that NOT EVERYONE WILL AGREE WITH YOU. Today, many people follow their own herd, desiring praise and affection for their opinion without critically questioning everything that they are told. Safe spaces are nurturing, but like a baby, the child must eventually wean from the mother’s teat. People can’t be dependent on their own kind for a lifetime. Diversity of thought only exists when everyone can express his or her point of view.
Like the Dalai Lama once stated, people are WAY TOO hypersensitive. Social media is dictating many areas of our life. No likes on Facebook dictates many people’s self-worth, popularity or self-esteem. It’s natural to want to be liked, and to be right, but without a firm grip on who you are as a person, people will “run into problems” mainly with their ego. The safe space college campus culture is evolving into an untamed zoo as these “kids” are being held from the learning lessons on how to be an adult. They are offended by anyone who disagrees with their propaganda-pumped mindset, and like a child learning how to ride a bike – you gotta fall a few times before you can maintain your balance and steer in a forward motion.
Hypersensitivity drives the ego to win their battle in an online comment sections or forums to tell people “how ignorant they are.” Extreme ideologies have contributed to most of history’s brutality and right now people are at a mental war with each other.
I experienced this in 2012 when I went head to head with some meatheads about a vegetarian-research study on LinkedIn. The research study showed that vegetarians had less risk for heart disease and were expected to live a longer life compared to their meat-eating counterparts.
When I got home from work to check the replies, I realized that I spent three hours battling my viewpoint. What a waste of time. A vegetarian or vegan cannot win an argument with someone who believes meat must be a part of his or her diet. It’s an endless battle that goes round and round and round.
Without a deep sense of awareness, I would’ve been caught in this cyclical argument for days. I sat back in my chair and analyzed the LinkedIn responses. All of it led to hateful responses, out of spite, because someone disagreed with their opinion. I watched the snowball get bigger and bigger and bigger. It first started with a disagreement, which led to name calling and virtual signaling, “how ignorant you are. Well at least I am not like you.”
After that experience, I underwent a personal experiment. I did not reply to any LinkedIn posts for about six months, which eventually led to a year. Instead, I analyzed people’s response like a psychological experiment.
It was hilarious! Mid forty to fifty year olds were going head to head in a cyber battle that no one could win.
Is it possible for two people to have two different viewpoints in life and neither person is right or wrong?
Absolutely. The more attached someone is to a specific ideology, whatever it may be; the more likely the person will mentally explode if challenged. People love to make themselves feel important and social media is just the place for that. Being overly stubborn and lacking empathy contributes to the mental outbursts.
Did I miss commenting on articles? Not really. My ego missed it. I felt pressure in my head to voice my opinion, but in reality I rediscovered inner peace instead of worrying about what some bozo from Arizona thinks.
One thing that helped me along my journey of ego shredding is to practice the art of detachment. I detached from my own ideologies, listened to other people’s viewpoints, and realized that a middle of the ground approach is where balance truly lives. I trained myself to see the reality of life instead of what life SHOULD or COULD be. The imagination is a blessing and a curse. Most people who are pent up with hate have a disconnect between the reality of life versus the ideal “hopeful” vision of life.
The Rise of Hate
Alongside with people’s thin skin, hypersensitivity ignites a self-defense response. When one feels threatened, they retreat and then attack.
Like a crab hiding in its shell (safe space), eventually the crab will pop out of its shell and attack the enemy. Aggression is a part of nature, and human nature is no exception. The animal kingdom fights every day with each other and other species.
Humans have a capacity that no other creature on this planet has – consciousness. Animals are biologically programmed with an innate wisdom that is beyond our human understanding. Humans have the capacity to change, but the reality is that our lives contain the same shadow aspects as nature.
I believe hypersensitivity and hate are like an inter-spiraled web, similar to a DNA strand. One cannot coexist without the other (it can, but for most people their ego can’t handle the challenge).
The irony is today’s complex political spectrum is that the far left anarchists screaming, “peace, love and unity” are some of the most hateful people on the planet right now. Violent protests, shutting down speeches, burning shit in the streets, it’s like the 1940’s all over again. (Astrologically, we’ve entered a similar star period as WW2, so we need to see where this plays out. I believe we have the ability to avoid WW3, but humanity must work together to find a common ground– and that is where the downfall happens – people are too rooted into their own belief systems that ends up in violent catastrophes.)
Sadly, these people think their souls are developed, but are still fresh out of the womb in terms of soul development. They must deal with their shadow side and cut the umbilical cord, or lifeline, from their safe space. They are spiritually immature. Politically speaking, no one person or party is exempt from his or her shadow side.
The more this purges the better humanity can ascend.
Social media bombards us daily with opinions, voices and articles; I think the human brain is over flowing with information. I am not sure if the human brain can handle this digital age (we are in the early evolutional stages of this digital age.)
As much as we equate our stomach to the digestion of food, our mind, body and soul must also digest the information that we read.
If a person does not have a strong backbone, they will either follow the herd because “everyone’s doing it” and they want to fit into that mold, or they will trap themselves in their ego that is soon to erupt. The ego is like a campfire. When someone’s opinion differs, that is like the stream of gasoline that is about to hit the campfire.
This is not to say that people should stop voicing their opinions, but know that if you are caught in this perpetual cycle of being hypersensitive, and defending or reflecting from the point with hateful responses and “fuck you’s,” it is time to look into the mirror and realize that you are also part of the problem. The biggest battle in this world is dealing with the shadow that lies within you.
We must accept that people see things differently, admit when we are wrong (or when our political party is corrupt as hell) and start looking at the bigger picture. Too many people get caught up in worthless arguments because they are focusing on Bob Who and Shithead Sally.
If you want to know the secret to life, study nature – everything about humanity – the good and the bad – presents itself in the natural world. Sadly, we the people, have another battle to uphold. Corporations, tech companies and the globalists have too much power, and this mind manipulation and control of the people will bring out the worst in human nature. Are you mentally ready for this?
What do you think? Have people become hypersensitive?
Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com