Courage to Not Get on the Bandwagon

With the hyper information from social media one subject can become fact immediately without the little bit of research that could disprove that fact. One brief example is the hyper ignorance bebopping around about ivermectin. Regardless of how you feel about political situations, the mean posts, misleading memes and people just not being nice to each other one needs to do some research first. Indeed, Ivermectin IS used on animals. However, it is also used for humans. I’m not here saying use it for this or for that, I’m here saying I saw MANY posts and meme’s that strictly said Ivermectin was a horse medication not to be used by humans. Here’s an amazing fact, most medications that are used on animals, are used on humans, too. Something as simple as Benadryl is used on animals for allergies. Wow! So, does this mean we can never use Benadryl again on humans? Because that is what the social media posters are trying to get you to think. Now, main stream media causes a lot of these half truths, and then people jump on that bandwagon and run with it without even thinking it through. I used the Ivermectin just as an example, but there are so many other things out there. The most hurtful are the half truths or actual lies that are created about people just for political gain. The one that made me so angry was when a senator said that a certain presidential candidate had not paid his taxes in years. When, indeed that candidate had paid his taxes each and every year. when confronted on this, AFTER all of the damage was done, the sitting senator said, “Well its for you to prove it wrong.”

No, it’s for you to tell the truth. Why would someone even think of creating a lie just to destroy another person We have become a very harsh and critical society. We need to do better.

The goal for this week is to hesitate before spreading a meme, story, or post that is inflammatory towards someone either directly or indirectly. Don’t be involved in spreading the hate that is so prevalent today. Social media gives everyone a sort of an imagined anonymity so it enables them to imagine that there is a wall between them and the person they are spreading hurtful statements about. Instead it just engages others who feel they have the same anonymity until it has become so big that the person’s reputation is destroyed, not to mention their emotional well-being. We need to be better.

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Published by Carolyn Bendall

A fashion and image expert, presenting seminars, classes, and individual consultations. Monthly makeover column in the Commercial Appeal, hosts a radio show on fashion, beauty, image, and entertainment, writes a blog reviewing products with complete honesty, and trains image consultants from around the world.

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