Since day one I have looked at Face Book as friend and enemy......I see that it can be an extraordinary social media tool.......I use it to announce my yoga classes, to let friends and fans know when/where we are playing,
to send birthday wishes, and short notes, and share photos and information.
Since day one, I have seen FB show it's dark side too......the heated taunts between fans, the rantings
of political and religious beliefs, the mean spirited conversations when people forget that what they post goes public.......I spend very little time on FB. I find myself getting sad and depressed, seeing the comments that are left, realizing that more and more of us are letting FB create an even greater divide between us, well maybe FB is just showing the divide.
Ken Burns did a great show on PBS about Prohibition a few weeks ago......I read an interview with him before the show was aired and he said something so profound that it rattled the very foundations of my soul.
He talked about how during Prohibition, politicians manipulated the masses by creating an atmosphere of
"no doubt".......that people were either dead set against alcohol or totally for it, there was "no doubt" no in between.......that the same thing was done during the civil war and in various other times in history when darkness overcame civilization.......much the way it is happening now.
We seem to all be so sure, so positive of our thoughts and beliefs, that there is no room for doubt. When there is no doubt, there are no open honest discussions, no questions, no acknowledgement that maybe you might be wrong.........you just might be wrong. Paul Thorn has written a killer song by that same title.....You
Might Be Wrong. Where did this absurd arrogance come from? This thinking that our way, our path, our thoughts, our beliefs, were the only ones. If it wasn't so sad and scary, it would be comical.
When did we get here, how did we get here........nobody thinks they're wrong.....everyone thinks their way is the only way, the only path.........honestly, think about how ridiculous that sounds. We are not all right, we are all not all wrong and we have to get to back to the center, to the middle somehow.......to save our selves,
to save humanity, to save civility.
Daily now I try to practice doubt......if I find myself saying something, or reading something, I do my best to remind myself, to question, to look at my self in the mirror and doubt......and to say at least once a day......
You might be wrong. It has been freeing, and humbling........you might be wrong........I might be wrong.