Metoo…..Social Media..

I normally avoid social media for social purposes (you know what I mean….) but then sometimes when one has time, a whiskey on the side table, plate of kebabs on the other side table…..one does open it to see what is going on…..

Every time I log into any social media platform, I see people posting about:

1. Where are they eating? This fancy restaurant, that fancy restaurant….

2. Where are they vacationing? The more exotic the location the better….

3. Where did they lecture?

4. Where was their photo printed?

5. What have they won?

I think you got the picture……

For some reason, my mind started wandering why do people post so much about what they are doing, their self-perceived accomplishments?

Earlier, when there was no social media, we only had “social life” wherein friends/relatives would meet, chit chat, laugh, joke even bitch around and then go home…to go back to their regular routines. It was essentially a nice laugh away your stress kind of time.

So, what happened? When did we stop enjoying the “social” bit and convert e-socializing into e-gloating (pardon my use of strong word)….and why?

Here is my analysis, please do share yours…enrich the discussion.

The factors that seem to be in play are:

1. It is very tough to show off when you are sitting with someone or some people. The average Joe himself starts feeling uncomfortable. Out of sight, it is much easier.

2. Most of us (and it is normal psychology) believe that we deserve more than what this life has given us. We try to compensate the gap by trying to push ourselves in the lime light.

3. With some people, at some level their appears to be an almost desperate attempt to say please, please, please look at me……see how awesome I am….how big a person I am….please, please please…… social media seems to be a place where you see a slew of people desperate people crying and screaming for recognition (I know I have used a bit strong words but that is only to make the point).

If you have interest in human psychology and behavior, please read Maslow’s Need Hierarchy. He had proposed and predicted this kind of behavior in 1943 but it still seems to very relevant.

And finally, since social media is unregulated, self-run & managed it has given people a free hand to do whatever they want (a unconditional unbridled freedom)….

As someone said; Never before a generation has achieved so little and talked so much about it..

And THAT is the reason why all the social media platforms (Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram etc.) have succeeded so handsomely……because ….they pander to one of the strongest desires of human beings…..which is…..

I am worth it and I am bigger, better than others…..humans will do anything to get that feeling

Think about it…., like it, share it and please do write your comments….God Bless you.

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What if Human Beings suddenly disappeared from the face of this earth?

Think COVID 19, think Corona Virus

Don’t worry I am not at all suggesting that if COVID 19 kills every human being on this earth what will happen.

I am going to talk about some thought experiments and how they are being validated these days.

Let me give you a bit of background first.

While surfing YouTube (yes, I do that), I came across something called “Thought Experiments”. In simple language, it means that you imagine something happening and then using your understanding of Science try to imagine what will happen. Well, it’s not exactly science (theoretical or experimental) but it’s not exactly science fiction either. It kind of sits in-between.

The thought experiments were as follows “What if Human Beings suddenly disappeared from this earth? Suddenly, as in, at the snap of a finger.

It’s a very interesting premise and a very intriguing one.

According to these experiments, the following will happen all over the world:

· In a few hours power will go off

· In a few months and years, grass and other forest elements will start appearing in the cities. Buildings and every other thing that we have built with cement concrete will start to collapse

· Animals will start taking over what were our cities

· Sea will start teeming with fishes, whales and other sea creatures which humans had forced into disappearance

· In a few decades, cities would have completely disappeared, forests would have appeared everywhere, animals and other endangered species would have made a comeback

· Levels of CO2 would have reduced back to the normal, ozone layer would have replenished itself

· Air and Water pollution would have disappeared.

· Rivers would again start carrying nutrients; Air would be clean and invigorating.

· In not more than 1000 years or so no evidence will be left that there ever was a species called “Humans” ever existed.

· The EARTH and MOTHER NATURE would have HEALED itself completely.

Phew, scary or exhilarating…..it will depend on your perspective.

I leave you with your feelings…

Now, since, I had mentioned above this has nothing to do with Corona Virus, why I am telling you this.

Simple, picture this…due to this virus most of the world is under lockdown. In other words, most of the humans have been instructed to stay inside their homes to the extent possible. It is expected to contain the spread of the Virus.

What has it done, it has made the “Humans suddenly disappear from this world” of course, not literally, they have been contained in their homes and more importantly not going out and doing the activities they would normally do.

Streets are empty, offices are closed, shops are closed, restaurants and hotels are closed, no tourism, no flights, no nothing.

What is the result? Let me share some things from where I live, I am sure if you try to find out you will find similar patterns in your location also:

1. Pollution levels are down from the “usual” of 300+ AQI, to the new “usual” of 50 to 75 AQI.

2. Weather, which used to hot, humid and dirty, is now mild summer, dry and clean air.

3. By this time the flowers in the garden used to dry out, this year, they are still just about beginning to dry out

4. Our major rivers which had become heavily polluted have suddenly, in just 1 month, are beginning to have clear shining water (not fully clean yet but moving in the right direction).

5. We never used to hear Birds chirping on trees, now they are chirping and making lovely sounds throughout the day…

The world is beginning to heal itself.

It is once again (leaving aside the Corona scare) beginning to get back to where it was before Humans first appeared on the earth and specifically before the industrial era.

And this has happened in just one month of Humans “disappearing”.

Some of the things may have happened even faster than what was predicted in the thought experiments.

Why I am sharing this with you?

Simple, we still have time.

No one is stronger than Mother Nature.

When a mother sees that its Children are not going in the right direction, it shows them the consequences of their actions and cautions them.

Mother Earth or Nature as some would like to call it, have shown its Children (Humans) a small teaser, behave and you still have time. You will get all the riches of life back to you.

Become selfish as an individual, as a nation, as a block of nation and see what will happen to you.

Have you noticed, despite all the efforts of our best doctors, scientists and so on, we are struggling to control this virus.

Imagine if this virus was more virulent, could kill people in days, had a mortality rate of 50 % plus what will happen.

Some people talk about saving the earth, let’s be clear, nothing will happen to Earth.

Earth will continue to what it is. As these thought experiments and COVID 19 pandemic has shown, Earth will become even more beautiful and serene.

This beautiful blue planet, Human’s only known and possible habitat will get back its forests, greenery, clean air, the ozone layer, clear nice fresh water…..with only one difference…

There will be no Humans, only all other species…

Do you want that to happen?

Think…

As always, you have been a great help in spreading these messages to lots of people, please do like, clap, share to as many people as possible

So that

We can send a message to the powers that be in each of our respective countries to put some brakes on the uncontrolled ambitions of Humans.

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