So this post is going to be a bit deeper than some of my past posts, as I am really curious, when will humans stop repeating mistakes of the past or is that just how things are going to be?
I grew up in a time before social media (Thank God) but we were no less able to get the word around than people are now. Folded notes, telephone conversations meeting in the smoke pit, if something was going down in a school we knew about it. And when I was growing up it was always some group against the next. The preps versus the jocks, yeah these were painfully pathetic fights, the skids against pot heads, not the most interesting fights either, girl fights, probably the most stealthy fights, people didn't know what was happening until it had happened. But it was always one social group against the next and it is still happening today.
Now those the groups seem to garner a more political feel, some feel it's the Christians versus the Muslims (UMM hellooo Crusades...) or maybe it's just the immigrants versus the Canadians (again ummm hello colonization). But things get so blown out of proportion because of social media and people not being fully informed.
Here is a scenario for you think back to when you were in high school, and there was a big fight somewhere on school grounds, you aren't friends with anyone involved but you've heard about the fight, maybe you've even seen some shakey camera video, hell maybe you were the person involved. Now be honest, did you ever know the specifics about the punishment that was handed out to the people in the fight? If it was you did you know what the other person got as a punishment? Now if I reflect on these questions the answer to both is no, I never knew the specifics, and I never cared either.
The truth is fair isn't always equal, and equal is never fair. But you have to trust that the adults are going to take care of things, they are going to handle things fairly and justly and to just say, in today's hyper social media age, that anyone is trying to just sweep things under the rug is ludicrous. It's not like things can stay hidden for long, but the worst thing that ALWAYS happens now is that people start saying an authority is trying to hide something and that snowballs into a huge mess that never should have been in the first place.
We all know how the fishing story goes. Person was out fishing and the come back all excited. The first friend they tell is that they caught so many fish but all had to go back (this is probably the closest to the truth). Next person they tell they caught so many fish and all had to go back but one except that one flopped off the boat. Third person the tale gets a bit more elaborate, by the tenth person the fish was the size of a narwhale and dragged the person around the lake for ten days before the line snapped and person came home. It may not even be the original person to tell the tale that many time but with each telling things get a little more descriptive or a few more details to spice up the story. The final story has nothing to do with the truth and often just riles people up to go fishing to catch the monster fish.
So will things change or do we have to do some more educating on how to appropriately use social media so school yard fights don't get turned into political platform agendas??