Signals of Virtue

To have an opinion or not. That is the question. With so much being said on social media, I almost feel it necessary to blurt out my opinion on whatever topic at hand, be it #whywewearblack, or Donald Trump’s mental health, or global warming, or whatever. And I am tempted. Because I have an opinion about them all. And everyone seems to be lining up, picking a side, and hard-lining their stance, blacking out anyone who doesn’t adhere. Even those such as Taylor Swift who is diligently working to not reveal whether she even has an opinion is under attack for exactly that… not having an opinion.

For what it is worth, I do not belittle any cause. We all have our reasons to back whatever cause we back. Some are more important or less important to us based on the life experiences we share, or the information we have at hand. But in light of all of this hashtagging, liking, sharing, and whatever we are doing on social media, I ask the question: what are you doing about it?

This isn’t meant to be an insult. It is meant to be a serious question that we should all ask ourselves. If it is something genuinely important to you, what are you doing about it? What activities are you taking part in to improve the situation or to foster positive change in the are you are talking about? We all might find that the answer to the question is simple: not enough. We have the power to change that.

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