Media pushes buttons
Setting tempers ablaze
To remain neutral and kind
Is hard these days
Where are we as a people
Do we really know
Do we want to hurt each other
Or is the vitriol just a show
Am I living in a movie
Where society has gone wrong
Please tell me we’re being fooled
that humans are really caring and strong
by L. Virelli
I recently discovered Twitter. Yeah, I know, I’m late to the party. But boy, I thought Facebook was bad with the vitriol. I found Twitter even worse!
I’ve had a Twitter account for years, and I make brief checks there a couple of times a month. I spend most of my social media time on my blog first, Facebook second. I’ve been blogging for six years (wow, really? Sheesh) and have only received one snarky comment, which wasn’t even really that bad. That’s why I like to stick with this form of social media. I’m losing faith in humanity, and my blogger friends give me some semblance of hope.
I’m an open person, but I try to keep my blog away from the social issues going on in our world. Sometimes I touch on something for philosophical purposes, but I don’t dive deep into controversial subjects. I’m going to let you in on something I wouldn’t normally discuss here, about why I started spending more time on Twitter. I hope you don’t mind me touching on something a bit controversial. I don’t do this often, so thank you for your support.
Here it is; the explanation about the shooting in Las Vegas did not sit right with me. Since the moment I woke in the morning and put on the news to hear about it, something felt off about what we were being told. To this day, 5 weeks later, I cannot put it out of my mind. Where is the media? How do we know about the entire lives of two killers (NY & TX) in their 20’s, but next to nothing about a man who lived for 64 years?
I searched the internet about the Las Vegas shooting, and Twitter was the best place to find the information I was looking for. I found lots that most people would rather not know, but in the process, I also found a lot of haters.
My husband is tired of me searching for information and talking about it. He sees it taking a toll on me. From the haters on Twitter, to filtering out the crazy conspiracies, to listening to the survivors talk about being chased by gunfire that got closer as they ran away from Mandalay Bay. I have nightmares. I’m losing faith in humanity. The world seems dark. One semblance of light is in some of the survivors stories about how everyone was helping each other to get away.
I don’t understand why my heart calls me to focus on this tragedy. I cry for the families who have lost someone. I ache with longing to help the emotionally scarred survivors who experienced the horrific scene(s). This is not meant as a political post. I’m just heartbroken for others, and the average person is not aware of what is really going on.
I pray every day to know what it is I’m supposed to do with this information and what I can do to help.
I’ve written a follow-up to this post at, Lessons from the Leaves and a few Friends.
Have you ever felt strongly pulled toward something and didn’t know why?