Now I know this is my first non-anime related post in a while but hear me out.
Words mean nothing.
Some may argue that depending on the person, words can hold almost no power or all the power in the world. However, if you look at it from a different angle, words only hold power when the person who who speaks of them has the ability to make his or her words reality.
Well, taken out of context, I’d say that the statement I made is a fact.
However, if you look at the social media landscape today, anyone who has access to the Internet has the power to sway hundreds of people. Words from an unknown stranger can rile up the masses if they were to say something largely controversial or deemed as morally or ethically wrong. In the name of justice, they would report, block and harass such people.
Thinking about it this way, it really makes you wonder.
Does the words of a complete stranger really need to hold that much value to you? Does lashing out at someone you don’t know because their opinion largely defers from yours make you feel like you protected your own pride and dignity?
Now, I may have said that words have no power in the beginning of this post.
Despite that, words certainly do have the power to hurt others.
The people who voice their opinions, hurt those who have opposing opinions. Those with opposing opinions, retaliate and hurt the ones that voiced their opinion.
Of course, this is just a generalisation and not everyone gets hurt so easily.
The only words that should matter to you are the ones close to you.
Imagine if you were to let words you hear in the background get to you everyday. Wouldn’t you be left extremely exhausted?
While we may all agree to certain standards as a society, there are still far more differences in morality between various individuals. Listening to each and every opinion that has no effect on you whatsoever and getting worked up over it is such a waste of energy.
The only words that should affect you, are those that spread misinformation and can harm those close to you.
Shitposts? Controversial texts online? Why the heck should you be bothered by those?
The more you share those, the more publicity they get. That’s exactly what they want. Controversial texts you see online aren’t necessarily the opinion of the author anymore. They are nothing more than an easy way to get views and “clout”.
Also, what would reporting such accounts that post things you don’t agree with do? How many of you only have a single social media account?
Don’t make me laugh. Even if someone gets reported, they can just create a new account.
Last but not least, the Internet is full of trolls and if you can’t discern a shitpost from a legitimate opinion, you should stay off the Internet.
If you see something super controversial, perhaps look at their bio and you might be see that term “shitposter”.
If you do, you can take a small laugh off their tweet and move on.
Even if you don’t well, ignore it and move on.
Block if you want.
The Internet made it possible to connect with as many people as possible, but if you don’t like what you see, you can always close the door yourself.