New Year. New Goals. New Attitude. Wisdom.

2016 seems to have been a shitty year for most people. I was among those who were happy and eager for the year to end. 2017 looks like it’s on track to be even crazier, weirder, annoying and interesting.

I’m not looking forward to interacting on social media. I’ve learned, particularly in recent years, that offering your opinion on social media–especially concerning politics and culture–can be a dangerous and disheartening thing.

Regardless of where you come down on the political/cultural spectrum, there will always be people (and not just trolls) who feel it necessary to judge and condemn you. Even those with whom you share the majority of your beliefs will often turn on you for disagreeing on a single point.

Various condemnations–usually ending in some kind of “ist”–will follow if you dare to offer an opinion that doesn’t fit in a particular narrative. Your individual beliefs, ideas, thoughts, interests, and enjoyments become irrelevant in light of a, often, single disagreement. Social media has, too often, become a playground–and its cast of characters seem to be unmoving, inflexible and quick to judgement.

Anyway, what this long diatribe is leading to is my decision to–in 2017–avoid political (and, sometimes, cultural) discussions. It’s no longer worth the stress. As a result, I will only be networking about writing, books, movies, TV, music and other such entertainment (and even that can be very discouraging, as we can even be condemn for the things we like/dislike).

So, in 2017, I’m going to sit back and watch (unless my involvement becomes necessary) as entropy speeds up.

As George Carlin said –

“When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”

Think I’ll just watch for a while.

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