Why Misinformation SPREADS!

๐Ÿคฏ ๐–๐‡๐˜ ๐Œ๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐๐…๐Ž๐‘๐Œ๐€๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐’๐๐‘๐„๐€๐ƒ๐’!!! ๐Ÿคฏ

Ever played the game Telephone? ๐Ÿ“ž

Itโ€™s where you have group of people get in a straight line, and they stand next to each other. ——->

On one end of the line, Person 1 whispers a message to Person 2 next to them. Person 2 then is supposed to whisper the exact same message to Person 3 also next to them, and this continues on and on until they reach the last person at the end of the line. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

The goal of the game is to transfer the message Person 1 whispered as accurate as possible to the last person in line. โžก๏ธ

Of course, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ! ๐Ÿ˜…

Itโ€™s a fun game to play if you ever get the chance! ๐ŸŽฒ

But, I also think this game is a great analogy when it comes to the public spread of misinformation online. ๐Ÿค”

Consider this scenarioโ€ฆโฌ‡๏ธ

SCENARIO: ๐˜ผ ๐˜พ๐˜ฟ๐˜พ ๐™ค๐™›๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™จ ๐™– ๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฅ๐™ช๐™—๐™ก๐™ž๐™˜. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

1. Person 1 cherry picks the CDCโ€™s statement and passes the information to Person 2. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

2. Person 2 does not trust the CDC. He only remembers what Person 1 said that confirmed his biases against the CDC and passes the remaining information onto Person 3. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

3. Person 3 has a blog. He carries an anti-establishment worldview, so he posts what Person 2 says word-for-word. He then tacks on his own personal opinion to Person 2โ€™s words and tells his reader to share his post on their social media pages. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

4. Thousands of people share Person 3โ€™s blog post on their social media pages, in addition to also adding their own personal opinion attached to the posts.

5. Friends of these thousands of people then in turn share their posts on their own social media profiles, adding in even more personal opinions. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

๐—•๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜, ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐——๐—–’๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜†-๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ƒ๐‚โ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐š ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ๐ฅ๐จ๐ ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐›๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ƒ๐‚โ€™๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

โ€ฆSee how this can become a BIG problem, especially during a pandemic? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

For those of my friends who consider themselves conscious consumers:

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the foods they eat and the impact it has on the environment.

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the media they consume and the impact it has on their mental health.

๐Ÿ“Œ For those who take concern over the consequences their actions can have on others.

๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž. ๐Ÿ™Œ

It’s very easy for any of us not to consider the consequences of sharing misinformation, especially when we aren’t even aware we’re doing it. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Itโ€™s very easy for any of us not to consider the long-term effects this has on a democracy’s basic understanding of epistemic facts, on social media platforms where a majority of individuals receive their news! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Yes! A 2016 study from Pew Research Center accounted that 62% of adults get their news from social media (Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6424427/).

๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐œ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง? ๐Ÿ˜“

We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe the moon landing never happened. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe vaccines don’t save lives. We start to grow the amount of individuals who believe Bill Gates is the devil incarnate bent on a New World Order. ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

I would hope most of my social media friends know that 2 + 2 = 4. But with the online game of Telephone, I would not be surprised to see some individuals who start to believe that 2 + 2 = 5 just because they watched 1 persuasive video they saw on YouTube. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Consider this: ๐€๐ง๐ฒ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ-๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ž๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž’๐ฌ ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ, ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง (โ€œ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐€๐‘๐„ ๐๐„๐ˆ๐๐† ๐‹๐ˆ๐„๐ƒ ๐“๐Ž! ๐Ÿ + ๐Ÿ ๐„๐๐”๐€๐‹๐’ ๐Ÿ“!โ€), ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐š๐ง๐๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐จ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฌ๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐š๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐ข๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฒ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘€

๐“๐ก๐š๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

But I’m not writing this post to add any additional fearmongering. Perhaps I am too over-concerned. Perhaps I am also underestimating the intelligence of the majority of individuals who use social media. Perhaps my own confirmation bias is seeing these minor instances of ignorance and jumping to conclusions that it’s a bigger problem than it actually is! ๐Ÿ˜…

Nevertheless, when I see people I know and care about share information that only requires a basic understanding of Science, Chemistry, and Statistics to know it’s false, I’m aware the red flag in my mind starts blowing in the wind. ๐Ÿšฉ

I admit it: a part of me does fear a future society where a significant portion of the world’s population cannot share a mutually agreed upon fact as simple as 2 + 2 = 4. ๐Ÿ”ข

๐Ÿคฌ “WOW DONALD! WAY TO CRITICIZE YOUR FRIENDS!” ๐Ÿคฌ

No, that’s not my intention! Iโ€™m not here claiming the spread of misinformation by my friends is at all being done intentionally or maliciously. โŒ

As author Sam Harris says: “๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ๐ง’๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐›๐š๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ. ๐ˆ๐ญ’๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ซ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐›๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐›๐š๐ ๐ข๐๐ž๐š๐ฌ.” ๐Ÿ‘ค

Or we can also use the phrase: “๐๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฐ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐ง’๐ญ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ.” ๐Ÿ‘ค

That’s why I wanted to write this post, to merely illuminate this potential blind spot. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Like the game of Telephone, misinformation is inevitably going to spread, whether we intend it to or not. This caution need also be applied to me as well! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

But my point is we CAN be more careful about how fast it spreads. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I get it. No one was given a How-To handbook to discern accurate and factual information online. Not even me; I had to learn these skills on my own! ๐Ÿ˜…

Back in school I was given a syllabus for my classes by the teacher. I was told what textbooks I needed to use. I was told what chapters I needed to read and study on. ๐Ÿ”Ž

Before the internet, we had a very limited amount of TV channels we could choose to get our information from. And if we wanted to further expand our knowledge, we’d have to get in our cars and drive to the nearest library. ๐Ÿ“š

But now with the Internet…we have MILLIONS of pieces of information available to us at the click of a button! ๐Ÿ–ฑ๏ธ

And EVEN MORE information is continuing to be created right as you read this post! This post you’re reading here IS just a speck of it! ๐Ÿ‘

My point is, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐š๐œ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘ฅ

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ, ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ž๐ฉ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐œ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐š ๐ฃ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ. โœ๏ธ

So while social media provided many benefits, it also came with this unforeseen baggage. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง’๐ฌ ๐ข๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ง ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ฌ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ฌ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ๐ฅ๐ž๐๐ ๐ž.

Someone online can proclaim the fact of 2 + 2 = 4 as something to be “debated” when there is no debate. As long you know how to market yourself, build an online audience, and influence others you can sell snake oil and people will buy it. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

๐Ÿ˜“ โ€œDONALD, YOUโ€™RE DEPRESSING ME WITH THIS!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜“

BUT…there is a bright side to all this! ๐ŸŒž

๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž (๐Ÿ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ) ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง! ๐Ÿฅณ

Companies like Facebook continue to work with third-party fact checking companies to combat this growing problem. (Source: https://www.facebook.com/journalismproject/programs/third-party-fact-checking)๐Ÿ‘

The very idea of “Fact-Checking” has now become a thing among organizations! (Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fact-checking_websites) ๐Ÿ˜„

๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž๐๐ข๐š ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ง๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐ ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ฌ, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž๐ฆ๐ฌ ๐š๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐๐ž๐ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ก๐ฎ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ. ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ

That said, should we really have to depend on social media companies to supervise us? Can we do better than this, to be more responsible, self-governing citizens? ๐Ÿ‘ค

Perhaps I’m a bit too optimistic, but I believe we can! ๐Ÿ˜„

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ. This goes for me too! ๐ŸŽฏ

๐Ÿฑ ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ž ๐—ฉ๐—œ๐—˜๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ก๐—™๐—ข๐—ฅ๐— ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก ๐—ข๐—ก๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—˜!

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜– ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜ˆ๐˜› ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜• ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜Œ๐˜™๐˜Œ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ?

๐Ÿ“Œ ๐˜ž๐˜๐˜  ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜บ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ?

๐—•๐—ข๐—ก๐—จ๐—ฆ ๐—ค๐—จ๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—œ๐—ข๐—ก: ๐˜‹๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜™๐˜Œ๐˜ˆ๐˜“๐˜“๐˜  ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต? ๐˜–๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ ๐˜ซ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ž๐˜ˆ๐˜•๐˜› ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต?

๐…๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ. As a functioning democracy, as a basic understanding of objective truth, it matters that we all can agree that 2 + 2 = 4. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

The bigger question is: will you join me in being a part of that solution? โค๏ธ

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Why You Should CHOOSE Your Beliefs!

 

What does life mean to you? What is life about for you? ๐Ÿค”

Whatever answers you have to these questions will tell me a lot about you. No, really! ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

How? Because we ALL carry beliefs in our lives. And whatever beliefs we carry will reflect out into our daily lives.

๐Ÿ“ The person who believes in the goodness of people will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes everyone is only out for themselves will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes the world is a threatening, dangerous place will find it.
๐Ÿ“ The person who believes the world is a fun playground to explore will find it.

๐ŸŒŸ Whatever you seek, you will find. ๐ŸŒŸ

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ”But I don’t just believe it! It’s a fact!” ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

It’s important we distinguish the difference between a fact and a belief.

๐Ÿ“– A fact is verifiable through research and evidence. It can includes numbers, dates, etc. “He rang the doorbell at 2:45pm.”

๐Ÿ“– A belief is a personal conviction based upon your values, an example being faith. It does not require proof or evidence: “I believe it, therefore it is true.”

It’s not to say beliefs are bad. It’s to say they are different from facts, and we should be careful not to mix the two. Beliefs are part of what help guide us through our lives. They can help serve our personal growth. But they also can impede on it too. ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

๐ŸŒŸ “If you think you CAN or you think you CAN’T you’re right.” ๐ŸŒŸ

Your beliefs not only affect you but also the people around you. They affect what peer groups you’re going to be around. They’ll affect the people who want to spent time with you. They’ll affect the very course your life takes!

๐ŸŒŸ It’s important we possess our beliefs, not let our beliefs possess us. ๐ŸŒŸ

It’s why I purposefully have chosen to believe the best in people; I didn’t carry this belief from Day 1! But I carry it now because it has served me in my life. I’ve personally found it has made my life so much more rewarding! ๐Ÿ˜„

What beliefs will you choose for your life? Whatever you choose will set your future course!ย โค๏ธย #TranscendLabels

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