What if we are the problem?

As much as I love the networking and information exchange that social media provides, it doesn’t come without a price.

You have to wade through advertisements, complaints, and images that say, “Like this if you think pit bulls get a bad wrap,” as if somewhere Roscoe the pit bull is scrolling through his News Feed in search of restitution—”Finally, somebody gets it.”

I truly wish a “like” button could cure cancer, end child abuse, and put a stop to animal cruelty. Unfortunately it can’t, but that sure doesn’t stop my friends from trying.

There are, however, bright spots in the social media universe. I came across this on Instagram a few weeks ago and I immediately saved it to my phone.

It’s short, simple and uplifting, everything you could want from an image. In a sea of coffee mug shots and shameless bathroom mirror pics, this is like Tiger Balm for the soul.

%22There's nothing wrong with you%22

The only problem I have with it is the fact that it’s utter nonsense.

That’s my only critique. Perhaps you disagree. Bear with me for a moment. As you can see, at the time I found this picture, there were 5,441 likes. I can only imagine how many people have liked it since. Obviously, this lovely quote was not meant for one person, but for anyone who might stumble upon it.

That means if every person on the planet read and took it to heart—There’s nothing wrong with you—then we would all have to stand back and point a collective finger at “the world” for all that is wrong.

Am I understanding that correctly? What has the world done wrong besides give us Gary, Indiana?

By “the world” are we referring to Global Warming? The universe?

I believe it was the great American writers, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie who penned the words, “We Are The World.”

Think about it. Everything around us that is “wrong” can be tied to a person or a group of people. Greed, hate, racism, violence, intolerance, sexual assault, bullying, all of these things spring forth from animate objects, namely human beings.

And in case you feel tempted to remove yourself from the equation, do a quick self-evaluation. Have you ever lied, cheated, gossiped, made fun of someone, committed time theft at work? Have you ever done something in the heat of the moment that you never thought you were capable of? Yea, me to.

I think we all need to spend a little more time in front of the mirror of personal responsibility.

Please understand, I am not discounting anyone’s pain. There are individuals, perhaps even reading this now, who have suffered unspeakable harm. Verbal, mental, physical abuse. These things have a way of rotting a person’s identity, stripping away dignity. Reading uplifting quotes like the one above sometimes helps to dull the pain, if only for a moment.

My goal is not to rob anyone of peace or inspiration, but to believe something like this only perpetuates the problem. Our society suffers from a lack of accountability.

But that’s nothing new. It has been this way for thousands of years, which is why I don’t believe humanity is the solution to humanity’s struggle. I think we need to be rescued from ourselves.

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