Wait, what are you fighting for?

I personally believe if you dwell on a subject you are giving weight to that subject. With this in mind it would be absurd to dwell on the very thing that bothers you. Humans have fought for their causes since time began. It makes sense right? Well, not exactly. In order to fight for your cause you need to dwell on the thing which you like and promote that. Am I stating the obvious? Nope, this idea seems to evade the human race.

John Q. Public is intent on dwelling on the very thing that he is against. Let’s say for instance that “World Peace” is his cause.  Ole Johnny here makes his picketing signs and paces in front of the capitol to fight for world peace. He blows up pictures of people injured in war and parades those signs warning others of the horror inflicted by these un-peaceful things.  He has pictures of people rebelling against authorities and bombards everyone he knows with the very thing he is against. He logs into his facebook page and he shares every news story he can find about the horrors of war usually with a short sentence at the top about how awful these people are.

What John Q. Public just did was make sure that war, rebels and injured soldiers are on your mind. He worked very hard to make you think about the thing that he does not like. Now, not only is Ole Johnny thinking about these horrors but he has planted these images in your mind also. So, maybe you agree with Johnny and think these things are horrible too so you join Johnny in sharing these stories and pictures. Everyone in our social circle is now thinking and talking about these un-peaceful things. John Q. Public is so proud of himself. He brought more knowledge about the very thing he is against into the public eye so that more people are thinking about it. Johnny is so brilliant.

BUT WAIT! I’m confused. I thought John Q. Public was for world peace? No one in his social circle is thinking or talking about peace. We’re all talking about the exact opposite. In fact, we are sometimes writing hateful things explaining the horrible videos we post. We are angry now.

Why didn’t Johnny enlarge pictures of people from different nationalities socializing and smiling? Isn’t that what Johnny really wanted? Why won’t he dwell on what he wants?

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