May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
While I’d rather be writing about that, in a broader sense, then again of how drastically people are becoming so disconnected, distracted, damaging , if not dangerous, drastically, because of social media addiction and social media sociopathy.
I’m not saying ALL people on social media or those who are on it constantly have that problem.
But SO many DO.
And while I’ve made a small mark on the internet both personally and as an activist to make sure the things that I’ve done that were bad or crisies not with the realm of my control, were a learning lesson that people could learn from and not have to make some of the same horrible mistakes or gone through the same heartbreaking things that I have.
But I own what’s bad about me, stopping short of tattooing a warning label on my head about myself.
I keep to myself a lot, now.
For many reasons, many I’ve discussed in this blog this year.
While I get though that some of us with diagnosed mental health issues, have dysfunctional or abnormal thought processes, most ARE NOT dangerous or damaging to others, if not ourselves.
And I’m REALLY sick of having to say that, over and over again.
And it’s disheartening to keep hearing people online and offline of how casually they throw the word “crazy’ around.
Like all people with diagnosed mental health issues are a ticking time bomb full of racist xenophobes who could commit violent acts of crimes, at any time, to any population of innocent people, that’s if we don’t die alone from our addictions, first.
The truth is, most of us who have diagnosed mental health issues and know it, could never hurt anyone or those of us who have, it wasn’t permanent, intentional or with malice.
The truth is, someone like me, where I now literally stick out like a sore infected thumb externally because of my appearance, if I had it in me to put more effort in what I look like, most people, just by what I say, either online or in person, wouldn’t NOT know have any invisible disabilities if I didn’t talk about my private life.
I get away with it, ONLY and now, because I’m not addicted to social media or a smartphone.
I find that TERRIFYING in dealing with others, now.
I have long term and short term memory issues, I have unmedicated Bipolar 2 disorder and no filter, most of the time.
But I still manage to be able to on occasion, when I am able to get out, to have an open minded conversation and connect with people, both superficially and meaningfully with people I have absolutely NOTHING in common at all, on ANY level.
It’s not like you really get any meaningful lasting emotional reward for trying to change people into being more like minded like oneself, when there is no harm to oneself or others, for thinking or believing differently.
In other times, where people could find common ground and have a “agree to disagree” stance, most don’t have that skill set, any longer.
And most people don’t get, you can care about people, but not get lonely, especially nowadays where people, sometimes at best with not good intentions, but even with no malice but still “frenemy” in nature, , with those they don’t care about and even with those who they do care about you, but for the wrong reasons, if one is open about themselves, one’s vulnerabilities either use to hurt them, get satisfaction out of their heartache and at worst, kill them.
Because saying whatever you think, at the exact moment you think it and what you look like saying it and when a lot of what’s being said is toxic to at least a population, is NOW normalized because of using social media for anti-social reasons and some people are unable to recognize those traits in themselves, even if they are fully functional people in so many aspects of their lives.
Or they know they are spreading vitroilic rhetoric but don’t care.
And it’s really hard to escape that kind of toxicity and hatred, even for people like me, who are self isolating and are rarely on social media.
As well as the damage that is being caused to humans on a cognitive level due to social media addiction, as well as physically.
I just hope we can find the good again in people and at best be apathetic to what we don’t agree on, wherever we meet them and just not bother with people that we may not have any common ground with.
And STOP throwing out the word “crazy” with stigma, just because you don’t agree with someone.
Even if they’re being a jerk at best or hateful person at worst.
As that MOST of the time is a character defect, not a mental health one.
Even though all people have mental health issues at one time or another, in different degrees.
And it doesn’t help anyone for to meanly or hatefully point out that some of us metaphorically, are shacks with a fire ant infestation, who just want to be left alone or live their lives in peace or without prejudice, when those who recreationally or hatefully calling others out are mansions built on a toxic waste dump sites.
Let’s just concentrate for our sake on what we have in common with KINDNESS, before people permanently divide from almost EVERYONE, as NO any two people, let alone a large group of people have a completely shared beliefs and thoughts, in and about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE.
Note: I will NOT publish anything that’s not constructive. I’m all for lively dialogue, I’m just saying stop stigmatizing all bad behavior as mental illness and stop hating on one another for recreation and promoting an atmosphere where those who do have deadly rage due to rage and rejection, are more prone act on it, in the social media era. Thanks!!!