Skip to main content

Respecting Differences

In the age of social media, humans has engaged actively with each other, bringing debate virtually and connecting opinions with facts. As much as the optimization of Internet to discuss and engaged in intellectual discourse, there’s so much limitation to what we really have to say.

Engagement on the Internet gives time to the audience to compose their thoughts, thus a user might be responding after some research and deep understanding of the context of debate they are in. Most users never really took the time to think about their arguments and usually resorts to ad hominem. This engagement usually needs to nowhere, when ideas and opinions should be discussed critically.

While most Internet users seeks social media as an escapism; a place for fun and relaxing medium, some used social media to educate and discuss important topics. Dissemination of information is faster on social media, and users are free to discuss their opinions. Opinions in the meantime, could be shaped by bigotry, sexism, or racism, for which it appears to be something that we believe in, by nurture. This is why rape or racist jokes, for example, still become a common thing to us.

Due to our differing opinions on how a society should be shaped and run, these clashes has led to arguments and debate. It is a healthy culture for people to question, it is a practice of freedom of speech and expression. The question is, when do we find end to debates? Will we ever find something that we will agree on, or we just followed and believe what we believe in, without resorting to insults or emotional attacks to those who have different opinions as we do?

To debate or not, we can always pick our battles. There are people out there up for trolls and throw mean words, but we can always have time to respond calmly and choose not to engage with them. Be wise while using the Internet can never hurt. As they say, never feed the trolls.

Being active in social media for so long, there’s so much limitation to our thoughts and how others might interpret it. Twitter for example, the limit to 140 characters and fast-paced updates has led to many debates sparked left undiscussed and often diverted into personal attack, and sometimes involves targeted harassment.


It is time for us to realize that it is someone’s liberty to disagree with us, and it is okay. Let’s see things from different perspectives for a while and we might find something that we can agree on. We might have different opinions, but life is not always black and white. Sometimes it’s grey. Everything is possible, and one day our thoughts and perspectives changed over the time, due to our encounter and experience. In the meantime, we can always listen to others for their thoughts, embrace the truth and abandon the rotten part of it.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Conversation: Mental Health and Self-care

We had a conversation in the car. 
About mental health in workplace. 
It was a very sensitive topic to me since I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Having bipolar means the depression is worst. The period is longer. Then BAMMMMMM mood swings, anger, eating disorder, grieve, anxiety came along. 

But we were talking about it because I was a high-functioning person with bipolar disorder. I didn't get medication for more than two months now, and believe me, everyday that pass by is just me throwing my body to the wall and breaks like a piece of ceramic and pick myself back again with bare hands. It's hard. 
I didn't get medication, I didn't get counselling, I didn't get psychotheraphy. I was struggling to do self-care, I was struggling to sleep or wake up. It was a battle everyday, and to think about it, I just started a career. I was marching in a battleground every morning. 
Mental health in workplace has been recently a raised topic in Malaysia, since there is s…

My Bipolar Diary II: Prescription for Dummies (Part 2)

Yikes, I started this post with statistics which I myself is unhappy with. Living with bipolar disorder is not an easy thing /tsk
I found an article who writes about the struggle of treating bipolar disorder. Full article here, but I'll just pick the thing that matters:
"The problem with treating bipolar is that the only two choices of medications you can take are mood stabilizers and anti-psychotics. Also, when you experience bipolar, chances are that’s not your only problem. I also had to be on anti-anxiety medication and a sleep aid. And you have to find the perfect combination with the least amount of interactions. Some drugs can’t be mixed together."
I was given Olanzapine as my first prescription, together with Epilim. According to Drugs.com, Olanzapine is used for treating schizophrenia. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.


Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic. Exactly how it works is not known. It is thought to affect certain…

Book Review: Seronok by Saat Omar (Buku FIXI)

(I believe what is more catchy is the book cover!)
Thanks to CAIS UNIMAS, I finally can read this book.
The theme of the story is about homosexual -- Amirul is falling for Bakar. For me, I've been looking for this type of story in Malaysian literature, too bad I started with this one (after all I always loved Fixi books).
I am studying on transgender and their 'relatives' and being homophobic at the same time. Trying to understand why people don't accept them. I actually accepts them, but not allowing them continue being one. Because? It is wrong of course.
However, nice story line, the composition and the maximum usage of the characters, I love them. Especially Amirul because he actually told everyone he is a gay, but not to his mother (how ironic!)
And few critics on arts and films, it blends well and towards the ending ----- a gay can actually change to a normal guy. Why? Because woman belong to man, and so vice versa.