Weekly Peace Talks 2: Question the News
Gillian Rhodes

First step: let’s question who is making the news. Starting with the definition, news aren’t news anymore (I’m wondering if they have really been one day), they are a tool used for marketing and political purposes. How could we change that?

I love this TED Talk about searching for the cause of all the causes and where to start with what’s wrong in the society: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN5tdMSXWV8 He suggests rewriting the constitution by people for people (instead of currently by the oligarchy for the oligarchy). But hey, this is another debate so let’s get back on topic.

Secon step: let’s question who is reading the news. Most people are curious enough to want to know what’s going on but too lazy to really involve themselves in anything beyond gossip / complaining. People behavior in regards of issues is very sad and irresponsible. Indeed, un ami a récemment posté:

“Débat citoyen sur Facebook, mode d’emploi :

1) Formez un réseau avec des contacts du même environnement socio-culturel que vous ;

2) Lorsqu’une info surgit sur votre fil d’actualité, posez-vous la question suivante : “Confirme-t-elle mes opinions?”
Si oui : partagez-la, elle est sûrement fiable.
Si elle contredit vos idées : bloquez la personne qui l’a relayé, elle ne mérite pas de compter parmi vos amis ;

3) Une fois le partage effectué, bercez-vous de likes et de commentaires conciliants. Ne vous souciez pas des détracteurs : ils ignoreront l’article/la vidéo dès qu’ils comprendront où cela veut en venir ;

4) Étonnez-vous que les résultats des suffrages démocratiques soient en dissonance avec le consensus de votre fil d’actualité.”

In my opinion, the cause of many of our problems is that people aren’t assuming their responsibility, we’re like a big bunch of ‘grown up’ kids. For almost everything we’re expecting someone to decide and handle it for us: the news, politics, the environment, our kids education even our health and our food.

It is probably someone’s interest and strategy to make us less involved and more entertained. The promise of less effort and more happiness isn’t only a scam, it’s keeping people in a bubble they’re afraid to leave. As a result, anybody challenging ones ideas makes them feel uncomfortable and it seems to be the greater evil everybody wants to avoid. This episode of black mirror is a great example: http://newepisodes.me/watch-black-mirror-online-free/42009/season-3-episode-3-shut-up-and-dance

For this matter, I believe education is one of the keys, as education is currently serving society and it should be the other way around. We’re teaching kinds what to think instead of how to think. No wonder most ‘adults’ blindly trust what they’re told, they’ve barely learned how to question.

Should we try reeducating ‘adults’ convinced they don’t need it? How can we trigger people to assume their responsibilities as most keep running away from them? Or should we focus on kids?

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