Shall We Make Decency Cool Again?

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Hey there, hero!

Those TED talks. They are, more often than not, downright inspirational.

I watched on recently that had a “how to make things better” point that, all by itself, was incredibly inspirational.

I wonder what you think.

Link to the TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/andrew_marantz_inside_the_bizarre_world_of_internet_trolls_and_propagandists/

Hope this helps!

David

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  1. NOT TOO MANY VIDEOS!. I love these daily visits.
    Today’s words are “…like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
    Well done.
    Bill
    PS: when do classes start?. Acting for first assignment; but, I intend to take me time and am I correct in thinking that the course is somewhat self directed?

  2. Very interesting video. I am impressed by this guys approach to a very real issue in an intelligent, engaging way. Silencing the crud online happens when people like this make us rethink what we see and post or repost online. Thanks for sharing. I like the idea of decensy being cool again for sure. In general. I am responsible for my words and opinions. No matter what freedom or right I have, I need to always filter those words through decensy towards others. My faith governs this above all, but even without that, its a good idea for us all. As storytellers, our mouth should be kept poilshed as a vent for life giving things vs. life destroying. I dont always get this right, but I am inspired to choose a nobler way.

  3. This is one of your best! I wholeheartedly agree!
    Thank you for the thoughtful message. I don’t think one video a day is too many if the messages are useful, helpful and thoughtful.

  4. I did watch the TED talk and found it fascinating. I think I’ve said before that in customer service I learned a bit about killing with kindness…I consider that for a situation you can’t get out of.

    If you don’t absolutely have to be involved in the conversation–you’re not behind the counter wearing a nametag and there’s an hour left on your shift–then just walk away. Years of watching random people get delight out of being mean to others has left me realizing that the best thing to do to a troll is not to feed it. 🙂

  5. It would be so cool if we all decided to be decent online and in person. It feels like society has changed in the last 10 years. It is far more negative. Very sad. I always have the Golden Rule running through my head “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Why be mean? It doesn’t make sense to me. What does it get you? As I’ve aged I just move on and no longer engage with those that can’t be decent. I feel like they are showing their true colors and why would I want that kind of negativity in my life?

  6. There is a principle in an ancient book that says “All things are lawful, but not all things are advantageous”.

    1. Agreed! Decency is still admired as virtuous to most southerners but I believe this may also apply to many rural areas of the US. There are really so many cultures within our own country but we often view it as the huge mural painted by media and social networking.

  7. Wonderful to listen you.

    Author of Thoughtful Intelligence: A Practical Guide for Moral Development