Social media has capitalized on our culture of individualism. Individualism is the invisible force that pushes us to think more about ourselves and less about social norms. Of course, not all of this is bad. We have seen great strides in bending the world towards equality. On the other side of the coin, the culture is also constantly reminding us to feel good all the time.
“Do what makes you happy.”
“Find your passion.”
And here, have a participation trophy.
There’s nothing inherently good or bad about these things. The illusion, the great lie, however, is that it is impossible to make ourselves happy all the time, even though social media says otherwise.
Social media didn’t create individualism. Individualism created social media. Because if we didn’t care so much about how we appeared to others or cared about the story people told about us, social media wouldn’t be a popular place to go.
What we read/watch/scroll/click has such an effect on how we feel.
We are missing so much on what life is offering by trying to fill a hole that can never be filled. When we contrast the good with the bad, the blissful moments of life are that much better.
Frankly, we are just too busy looking for peace when peace can be in every step.