After many years of sitting on the sidelines of our publishing platform, I’m very pleased to now launch my own Column, entirely focused on brief, casual commentary and observations under the umbrella of “slice of life” perspectives. Why the above image? Well, we chose it to set the stage for light-hearted discussion where we don’t take everything too seriously. No rhyme or reason or underlying quest here – just my way of sharing thoughts and (hopefully) engaging directly with each of you. Each step of the way, I invite you to “Ponder” along with me.
The sound of a siren increased to an ear-piercing level as the emergency vehicle sped by. Its flashing lights glared through my windshield, illuminating the words “hazardous waste” printed on the side of the truck. No doubt it was racing to the scene of an accidental spill in hopes of containing the damage and protecting the local residents from harm. Not long after this episode, I began to wonder just how many hazardous waste leaks happen around us every day, in the form of “harsh or critical” words encountered on social media. Without question, there appears to be a lot of “negative bias” out there, as mentioned within a recent article by Melissa Hughes;
All of this caused me to ponder a few questions, starting with – What would happen if sirens blared every time a harsh or critical word “leaked” out of someone’s mouth via their social media stream?
- Am I wrong to suspect that it might become rather noisy around us all these days?
- Is it true that so many topics are “off-limits” because our society is so polarized that a civil, constructive, open-minded conversation is impossible? Is this why social media engagement has continued on a steep decline in recent years?
- Are folks generally respectful & constructive or just the opposite?
- Is it true that people are bolder and braver via their keyboard versus up close and personal?
- What have you experienced?
Ponder the above along with me for just a moment. And then please take a moment to share your thoughts below …