On negativity, and the desire to change others

I've been on a cleaning spree lately. An electronic one. I've been getting rid of news feeds and other sources of information that I find bring me nothing but negativity. That means, in part, either unfriending or muting people on social media whose feeds are overwhelmingly political. And the reason I'm cleaning up like this is 1) for my own sanity and happiness, because politics at the social-media level is profoundly depressing, and 2) because I am done taking seriously those who only want to change others. I don't care who's right and who's wrong on any particular topic. I care about all of us trying to be less stupid today than we were yesterday. And we can't do that by focusing on what morons the other guys are. We can only improve ourselves by... improving ourselves. So while it is fine to have opinions on public policy matters, it's not fine to focus exclusively on denigrating those who have different opinions. Because that leads nowhere good.

If you want to live in a better world, start by being a better person.

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