GENERATIONAL BAGGAGE, PERHAPS

Hating on social media is on unprecedented levels, they call it ‘Pull Him/Her Down’ syndrome(phd), in fact it sells like hot cake. We are a generation that coalesces and perhaps relates so well with negatives to an extent of igniting hatred and making people feel bad about themselves. Social media has replaced the role of parents, partly because they are in the business of making ends meet hence having not much time with their children, and still because they have subconsciously left that role to teachers. Without good foundations, virtues and values, picking vices along the way becomes very ‘attractive’ and indeed inevitable. We are always told, the Big Brother is watching, but is that really the case when people are trading insults left, right and center.

Are we depicting bad parenting? Or is it a society that has neglected its role, why is hating so ‘fashionable’ and ‘cool’, and when will the government act? The truth is that, we easily tend to relate to allegations, rumours, hearsays than facts, truth and tolerance. As the cliche goes, before the truth emerges from its confines a lie has covered half the world. The flip side is, its so easy to poke holes to peoples careers at the comfort of a coach behind those smartphones and screens, while underneath lies timid personalities who cannot even hurt a fly and probably struggling with esteem issues.

We have a lot of baggage and loathe from the past which includes our childhood, and unfortunately the world has taught us, the only way to air it, is through the social media. Theses are the streets where we unleash unwarranted anger, pull mud-slugging stunts as we declare vengeance or death threats to discerning foes or anyone who is perhaps doing better than us in life. Take a look at Nick Mutuma,nick_mutuma one of the most accomplished actors in East Africa. Social media has never appreciated him, instead we pick the petty and cheap issues and magnify them to overshadow any positives. This is despite him being the only actor in the country to feature in the new season of Nigerian production of MTV Base sex and relationships drama series popularly known as Shuga.

Last week TNA strategist Moses Kuria was grilled by National Cohesion and Integration Commission over a controversial Facebook post. This is what he posted, “I think it is only a matter of time before Kenyans start violence against perceived terrorists, their sympathisers, financiers and those issuing travel advisories without intelligence,…I am not sure I will not be one of those Kenyans. When you touch Gikomba, the nerve center of our economy, you really cross the line. Brace yourself. Choices have consequences,”. In my own opinion, that’s an inciting post. Few weeks ago the popular TV anchor Lilian Muli was the ridicule in what many perceived to be a shallow interview she did to the much celebrated Jamaican musician, Konshens. As usual, twitter went berserk for several days forcing her to brace the wrath. Other unlucky media personalities who have developed a thick skin range from Larry Madowo, Carol Mutoko and Dennis Itumbi.

Why have we replaced love with slander? The solution can only start with being a bit tolerant, I guess that is what was in Martin Luther King Junior’s mind when he said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Lets talk about love and act with it.

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