One of the themes that came through very strongly on The Know Show yesterday, was the prevalence of people speaking up about Palestine/Hamas/Israel, with many unable to deliver any real value on the issue at all. This has made it extremely challenging to find people who ARE worth listening to, because the algorithms are not feeding us the expertise the world needs right now.
Note: social media companies, perhaps you can prioritise real thought-leaders in a crisis, but you must be fair across all aspects of the crisis if it’s going to work. Our world is severely lacking in critical thinking skills and big picture thinking, so this could help A LOT!
For me, I want to hear from people who are on the ground experiencing this crisis, as well as experts with decades of experience, who understand the challenges and intricacies of this very complex region.
For the rest of us, it’s OK to be quiet, it’s OK to listen, it’s OK to let them speak.
There are already so many lessons we must take on board from this terrible and frightening situation, but for me, the lesson we (you and I) need to take on board is how and when we respond in a global crisis and before we say anything, we ask ourselves a very fair question – is this worth saying? Or should I just shut up? As social leaders, it should always be our first question.
Of course, we can do whatever the hell we want (free speech and all) BUT if it’s adding no value, or even making things worse, perhaps this is as good a time as any for some deep self-reflection?
“There’s a facile version of taking a stand on social media that generates righteous back patting but reduces complex issues to a simple yes or no. Taking simplistic stands can also lead to twisting words. Concern for Palestinians is portrayed as support for Hamas or hatred toward Israel or Jews in general. Anger about Hamas’s deadly attacks on Israeli citizens — or any mention of antisemitism — is portrayed as denigrating the dignity of all Palestinian lives. This kind of thinking is deeply unserious and further fuels hostilities, warping nuanced positions into extremism and mistaking tweet-length expressions of outrage for brave action in the face of atrocity.”
She went onto say that: “Six days after Hamas’s horrific terror attacks on Israel, a reporter at Women’s Wear Daily wrote last Thursday, “many major players in the beauty — and overall fashion — industry have remained largely silent in support of the victims on both sides of the conflict. Did we really need or want to hear from L’Oréal or LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton?”
As Tim Wade discussed on the show, we should never believe that brands commenting on serious issues in the world are doing it for any other reason – ultimately – than to make sales. Something to think about, yes?
More broadly, I think it’s showing us how far we’ve come on this digital journey, as it appears we’ve finally hit the ridiculous stage. Like Tim, I don’t care what Louis Vuitton thinks about this situation at all, in fact, I don’t care what any brand or even Hollywood celebrities think either, especially if they have no link to this region at all. Or no unique insight to offer.
Want an example of a celebrity who is contributing with value? Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger’s video below – an example of a unique insight that is relevant. We can learn a lot from Arnie.
Instead, all we are seeing is everyone everywhere raging and screaming. Everyone everywhere being triggered by the outrage algorithms, designed to make publishers and social media companies money.
Everyone everywhere, we are being played. Someone is winning, but it’s not us.
Don’t you think it’s time to unleash that control on our minds, and to remind ourselves that there is a time to speak and a time to shut up? The world could do with a rising consciousness around this idea, that’s for sure.
As Elizabeth Spiers continues in her article: “It’s the idea that not posting is wrong somehow — that everyone needs to speak, all the time. It discourages shutting up and listening and letting the voices that matter the most be heard over the din.”
“This is where you wind up when you view this conflict in monochrome, as a clash of right v wrong. Because the late Israeli novelist and peace activist Amos Oz was never wiser than when he described the Israel/Palestine conflict as something infinitely more tragic: a clash of right v right. Two peoples with deep wounds, howling with grief, fated to share the same small piece of land.”
If you’re sitting there wondering what you can do to help right now, the biggest priority for the world is peace, because peace is our ONLY path forward my friends. It is time for us ALL to come together on all the issues that matter, we’ll need to work relentlessly to unify our world, and then we need to get to work regenerating our planet. If we don’t and everything keeps spiralling, perhaps we’ll just hasten humanities demise?
Onto the reads. You’ll see it’s a fat Planetary Crisis section this week, because I took a week off the reads, but I always save anything to do with the state of our planet.
Friend’s content and mine
Moving from left to right | LinkedIn – a wonderful and insightful post by Heidi Oxley-Whitnell, who my boys are lucky enough to have as a teacher. The guidance provided is for anyone who is ready to step up and drive change they care about. It’s what the world needs to be doing right now, all of us, stepping up and doing something about whatever it is we care about. Let’s go!
Professional Witches | LinkedIn – Neerja Singh is always a storyteller first, but underneath is layers of wisdom worth taking on board. When people are feeling so lost, they seek comfort and community. I love this article.
The Million Baht Swim (thephuketnews.com) hats off to the legend otherwise known as Grant ‘Axe’ Rawlinson! He’s going to swim around Phuket at the start of January, to raise one million Baht to help build new classrooms for the Good Shepherd School in Phuket Town. Let’s give him our support!
And here’s the content I’ve been reading, listening to or watching. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read, listen to or watch them all. It’s time to pay attention to the information that matters.
Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
Finally, more than 100 mini-videos on many topics regarding the multiple crisis’ we face. Feel free to download and use as your own. No credit necessary.
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