I'm not entirely sure that the world as we currently know it would be, would exist, without social media, and the 24/7 news cycle.
Both are an off-shoot of our desire to be right. The same thing that drove us to create things like the television, the internet, radio, the printing press: we needed to control data. Oh sure, some call that "learning" but it's been sharpened into a drug habit, a series of brain chemical hits that we seem to want more than anything else.
Our parents are especially susceptible.
The bad guys figured this out very early on. Russia has weaponized this, because they have the audacity to believe it and the desire to understand how to wield it. They've got entire units of folks dedicated to engineering emotion.
China only has one unit, building 67. They're OK but not as well tuned to western emotion; to them everything that drives westerners is short-term financial, and our ideologies don't have the horsepower to overtake greed. To a certain extent they're right, but Russia has better tuning around ideology, and they've learned that we pose, we posture, with as much energy as we claim to believe.
Thus, a president in the US who embodies every sin, who is worshiped by a cult of believers that know that he is an empty suit, a criminal of the highest order, but Trump's presidency gives them an overt opportunity to prove their faith, and a covert opportunity to win at all cost, to burn the crops and salt the land.
That smug smile is the hit of chemistry, the drug they were addicted to by a foreign enemy.
And that hit of chemistry is what we need to cure them of. We need to approach this like you approach a loved one who is in a cult, and that cult feeds them heroin.
So, how do we re-program them? I'm thinking some combination of language that they feel they need to adhere to, and a better chemical hit. I'm not sure how to do that. So it's time to study harder, and get linguistics, religion, neuroscience, and psychology all in the same room with the same dire charge: it's time to save the goddamn world.
Now if only I had any capability whatsoever.
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