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I find the word ‘reaction’ thrown around a bit too often and casually these days, almost in conjunction with ‘opinion’. Have we become more impressionable as a species or is this bid to take a stand in every issue a disguise for a deeper existential crisis? Sure, as societal animals the panacea to every pang of ours must be actively sought by us but in recent times we have found ourselves polarised about the most trivial of things , quick to ‘react’, most likely to put up a status and share a post almost immediately as it is published in a social media platform. But a careful perusal of this issue of quick to react would reveal that this heavy traffic of reactions stops almost as abruptly as it started. You would even find people who had advocated a certain something doing quite the opposite in practice. It’s almost as if a bunch of excited meerkats are running to where the wind is at the moment. We have to understand that in this world so full of problems we as a community can’t afford to be fleeting in our thoughts and actions. The number and gravity of our maladies are far too great for that kind of carelessness. Also, the zeal to be remembered and leave a mark often overshadows reason and honest empathy. Ask yourself the simple question, does everything you have reacted to with a vengeance in recent times influenced you that much? And aren’t there things that demand your time and attention more? The recent affliction to the internet thanks to catchy tag lines and kitschy websites has only intensified the ambition of making it count. Sure, a lot of the sources educate the general public on a plethora of subjects but the internet is not only a place of useful information, and seemingly important topics one after the other catch you in their web in no time turning you into a creature whose activity is only restricted to and by the online world. And that’s very normal, really, when you are not actually affected by something because of its nature or your lack of realisation about its importance, too much of information doesn’t help. The very purpose of modern information technology of informing people so that they act and not only react is defeated that way. So at the cost of sounding like a nincompoop, I’ll say this that instead of going for your keyboard at every raging debate why not cut yourself off from the useless ones and for a moment think about the fundamental things that actually bother you in some way. Use the internet as your voice of reason and unity, not a blindfold.