Opinion: REFLECTION BEFORE RESOLUTION in 2020 — By Yvonne Sam

–By Yvonne Sam

Soon we will be arriving at the end of the year.  The end of the decade. The end of the first 20 years of the twenty first century.  On a cautionary note, before venturing into the realm of New Year resolutions, let us painstakingly reflect on what has come about so far in this century, for evil and for good.

First on the list is the explosion of social media. Which human being would have presaged that such a thing would literally change not only how we interact, but most of all how we live our lives?  Social media has quickened the flow of information around the world, and not necessarily for the better. Lies, distortions, innuendos, and personal hatred are spread just as rapidly (if not more so) than truth and facts.       

Politics, corporate business decisions, commerce, and public opinions are being shaped and influenced in sensational ways nobody could have ever dreamed was possible twenty years ago. In a matter of hours, crowds of hundreds of people can be mobilized to protest almost anything, whether it is a legitimately valid grievance or not. Corporations are fearful of social media bullying and have literally caved in under excessive social media pressure.

On the other hand the Twitter phenomenon cuts both ways. While it allows for hate rants and ugly screeds, at the same time, it also gives a stage to ideas and arguments that have otherwise not been allowed fair reportage in the mainstream media. Granted for our American neighbours, Twitter has given President Donald Trump a priceless direct link to the American people, without the spinning or word twisting that network news outlet love to engage in with a president they hate.

Primarily for the younger generations, texting has become the preferred way of communication, although older folks also engage in this mode. Needless to say, with the arrival of texting we have eliminated that art called “speaking”.  No longer does a teenager have to actually carry on a telephone conversation with his / her mother or father. No they can simply text and get off. No need for extended speaking in full sentences.  Just text out a minimal amount of characters and emojis and you are off. Furthermore, thanks to caller ID the receiver of a call does not have to respond to a call if they do not want to. Gone are that days of answering calls and getting stuck in long conversations with someone you would rather not even share common greetings.  Sorry, my phone ran out of charge.

Let us not forget that the 21st century started with a panic. Remember “YK2”, and how everyone was of the opinion that all hell would break loose at the stroke of midnight when a new millennium would begin.  All electronic devices would crash. Clocks would be inoperative.  Conspiracy theories were rampant.  On January 1, 2000 after the smoke cleared we were all still there and things pretty much continued as usual.

The past twenty years also brought in its wake the so-called smart phone. A portable electronic device that is a personal computer, telephone, phone book, camera, library, television, music player, game player , alarm clock, bank, flashlight, wristwatch and filing cabinet for all personal effects.  Small enough to carry with you and the only thing you actually need to get by on. However, lose it and you lose everything.

Another major change that we have seen in the past two decades has been the ever –increasing division in our nation. Left against right, lawlessness against law and order, progressive against traditional, secular against religious and counter culture genders against heterosexuals. No more “melting pot” or “mosaic”.

There are many other changes that have taken place over the course of the last twenty years. (really would you ever have guessed or imagined  if you believed in traditional man/woman

Marriage, society would label you as homophobic and evil?) far too many changes to list here.

As we prepare to enter 2020 there is no way to know for sure what the future holds for us. However, we can be sure of one thing , as citizens we all have a stake in the future of our country. What we do going forward, each of us, how we respond to the forces that are contrary to our country’s values will determine what kind of country we will have.

Ultimately we will have the country we deserve.

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Comments

  • kamtanblog  On December 29, 2019 at 2:16 am

    Simple Simon says
    Allow donkies to vote and they will elect jackasses !
    The positive of social media is that
    We are socialising/communicating
    more than ever before.
    Onwards and upwards

    Forever the optimist

    Kamtan 🇬🇧🇬🇾🇪🇸🇬🇧👽

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