SwirlingFire: Never Again
To exact punishment for a wrong doing on behalf, especially in a resentful or vindictive spirit
Attack, eye for an eye, malevolence, measure for measure, retribution, vindictive
The good or bad emanations felt to be generated by someone/thing
Fate, feeling, power
Definition from German Origin:
Satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune
Three words I’ve heard in copious amounts lately. All, either in DM or tweet tirades and political slanging matches. All having quite different dictionary definitions but very easy to understand how we can misinterpret the true meaning and how easy it is to miscommunicate how we feel – sad, emotional, passionate, militant, angry, incensed, sickened, disgusted, tearful, full of rage. All these adjectives have been prevalent within social media on a regular basis. Since March 2020 , Covid19 related Worldwide lockdowns, employment, income and any other life circumstance have been forced upon us. Many choose to disregard or maintain that a virus without cure actually exists, the masks on/off debates battle and billions of sterling, dollars, euros and every other currency lost to a death seeking virus that has had more people denying it’s validity more than The Holocaust.
Two tsunami that ripped through the entire world with no one capable of stopping the speed at which both events polarised so many people at one time in History. How is it possible that tens of thousands of deaths have been lost to a new virus, mortuary services unable to accommodate those that perished yet seemingly, nearly a million people in 2020 have lost their lives to an invisible enemy. Isn’t that how Racism takes hold of the next generation ? Creeping silently from one host to another, invisible breath and words that are taught** and, not in the virus case, caught.
** Racism is taught not Caught – Emmanuel Acho
The silent but deadly, the stealthy yet manipulative and insidious voices that grow in number, without any rational way to stop the seeping pus splashing us.
I see such hateful comments within Twitter and similar social media platforms. Our news channels and papers generally sanitised to show us information that demonstrates the wondrous achievements of those in power, rarely do we see accountability for political misdemeanours and errors. How many millions of lives would have been saved for one person to admit mistakes were made or decisions made too late or any permutations of responsibility acknowledged and used to prevent future atrocities ?
I see many people on Twitter joining and soaking up for oppressed minorities, racism, antisemitism, gender issues, supporting PoC yet, in their real lives, under the mask of anonymity, spew such bile to strangers it’s difficult not to lose respect for people we once trusted.
Where do we stand with our support ? By posting supportive flag memes and logos ? By self silencing ? Blocking one another ? As healthy exchanges of views from strangers are rarely possibly when mud slinging without conversation get more ‘likes’ and fawners and ultimately the attention seeking that is paramount to satiate the craving of importance.
I’ve personally reached out to local groups and organisations for educational material and ally ship references. Those organisations have not treated me like the worthless piece of flesh that some people have decreed and have decided to perpetuate. I’ve learnt to be very careful how I express myself as it has, in the past, personally put me in the firing line of real life physical abuse and as part of Twitter, receiving hateful public comments by self appointed experts. Ironically, by choosing to observe, read and learn and not comment either way on specific subjects, I’ve been reliably informed, I’m placed on a hate list reminiscent of The Final Solution.
I cannot support any group, organisation or person that thinks aligning their perceived right to be heard and treated with respect, to this period in history, is a mentally healthy route to raise awareness for their cause.
To even consider thinking to breathe life back into a practice so abhorrent (for not speaking my truth or at the very very basic level, being asked a question directly), places serious questions of mental stability and politics of that actionable horror and places questions for the physical safety of those listed from the baying angry mob.
I know real people without hidden addendum that I can ask questions and learn the best ways to not only say the right things but also live my life in ways that are healthy for everybody in the future. That unfortunately is my naivety and a pipe dream. Without hate, many people would be without purposeful goals and attention.
Taking breaks from social media for mental health reasons are always an excellent idea. Silencing the very people that need a voice and that may only have social media as their companion and place of safety could be viewed as counter productive. We all need to strive to learn healthy characteristics at all times of the day. Sadly, for some, it’s too far to reach.
@Swirlingfire, 27 July 2020
July 30, 2020 @ 2:20 am
There’s a lot to unpack here, I’m reminded of the saying that hate breeds hate. Social media has proven that time and time again.
July 30, 2020 @ 10:36 am
A smile without speech travels faster than learning people are fake/violent.
I’m very disenchanted with most social media. #Deadbook has been invaluable during lockdown for my postcode. Unfortunately, some group members have returned to unpleasant comments as we start to return to daily life.
There are always miserable, hateful people.
I’m always curious to learn the route cause of “Why” some people are vengeful and potentially dangerous to strangers in cyberspace.
Stay safe and well
July 29, 2020 @ 9:52 pm
I find your opening gripping as it seems that words have been shifting and given new meaning because certain people say they it is so.
I am willing to listen to those who will take time to talk and express their ideas. Thank you for sharing this
July 30, 2020 @ 10:28 am
Thankyou for your comments.
I struggled for a long time with, what I thought was my fault causing arguments with mindWizard, my vocabulary. It was my gut kicking in at d/s abuse, not my misunderstanding or lack of being articulate. im still processing many of those violent times, thank goodness for SMS proof I wasn’t insane!
Listening to others is a real skill. Hearing their words and not our personal interpretations of what they are saying.
When we are physically stopped (silent treatment/blocked) before two way exchange then society is surely doomed, once again. With a New Order of Social Terrorists that make wildly inaccurate assumptions??
Without good intentions for change we stagnate.
Stay safe and well
July 29, 2020 @ 9:20 pm
Very good swirly. Well executed and very readable. Agree with so much of what u say. Twitter now to me has gone. Censorship is out. So u can find me doing my own thing on my blog. U are always welcome. I worry about mental health In these times more than ever x
July 30, 2020 @ 10:19 am
Thankyou for taking the time to read my post.
Sadly, many of you are seeing the Twitter I was subjected to a few years ago. Now its on tl to witness.
The chorus line changes frequently but the old guard dragging its putrid lungs along for the ride.
It was distressing to watch the masses learn the hard way.
I see Rose tinted Glasses are still on trend.
It’s interesting how people now change their views based on fact over time eh? ,)
Thank you for the invitation – you have quite a few platforms so I’m not sure which one is for me. Yet
Stay safe & well
July 29, 2020 @ 1:01 pm
‘Without hate, many people would be without purposeful goals and attention.’
What a sorry life you must have if that’s the case.
Your text reminded me of a quote I heard on the TV show Criminal Minds recently:
‘The person who pursues revenge should dig two graves.’
In my mind, that’s how harmful it is to place curses on others, to be negative towards others. Please, let us focus on the positive instead.
Great text ☺️
July 30, 2020 @ 10:08 am
I write from personal experience & observation. Those that are hateful on TL must be ticking timebomb in real life?
I’ve unfollowed many since last November (then the usual twisted nasty subtweeting/block)
We can’t stamp out hate but we can consciously remove unhealthy folk without creating echo chambers.
I like the “two graves” quote.
Stay safe & well
July 28, 2020 @ 7:55 pm
All I can say, Swirly, is thank you for writing this.
~ Marie xox
July 30, 2020 @ 10:03 am
Thank you Marie.
It wasn’t the piece I originally thought I was writing.
I’m rarely vocal.
All Hate Speech on Twitter Is too common
Wishing you well
July 27, 2020 @ 7:03 pm