The meme in the featured picture has been floating around for a few weeks now as an example of how we don’t see each other’s pain and struggles etc. Essentially, the message is good, try to understand what others are going through before launching off on how they are hindering the relationship. The message is also pretty shallow and fails to address deeper problem.
Looking at some of the facts here, we’ve got deeper issues to deal with. Why are people going for a walk by the edge of a sheer drop in a place where rocks fall out of the sky wearing clothes more suited to a nice dinner? The real moral of the story is that while having empathy for people is good, being aware of potential problems and preparing is better. Be aware of your surroundings. If you go into environments where snakes hide in caves and rocks fall out if the sky be properly equipped, dresses are right out. Preparation and avoiding problems is much easier and has much greater benefit than trying to save yourself from your own poor decision making.
How did the woman even end up hanging like that, and how did he manage to grab her in time? How is the man even able to think anything with the base of his spinal column crushed? The reality is that it’s really unlikely he would even be alive, much less pulling someone over the edge of a sheer cliff face.
This may not seem important, but it is, and here is why in two words: Critical thinking.
Critical thinking is the tool we use to make our decisions. Without critical thinking we are able to accept that a couple could end up in this situation. But do we accept it? Does the meme actually engage us, help us grow, and speak to us, or it is a nice message we scroll by and forget about? And this, rather than the secondary moral of the story, is where I see a meme flaw. It doesn’t speak to us, because it doesn’t relate to us.
Here are the three takeaways for today:
1 – There is value in memes. The intended message may not speak to us, but we can find our own revelations in the things we read, and this helps build critical thinking skills.
2 – If a message is good (having understanding is a good thing), ask whether the post will really change your mindset. If not, what’s missing? Dig into your soul and investigate.
3 – Prepare. Seriously – if you plan to take a walk into a snake infested area where rocks fall out of the sky, dress accordingly.
OK, I get the analogy: Pressure and outside factors will be there to hurt us and cause us to disconnect from each other. However, we can give ourselves a step up by really thinking about the things we see, especially on social media, and think about why they matter. What scenarios could we find ourselves in that could be relevant? Be inspired beyond hitting the like button – dig for some meaning.
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