We're experiencing another Meta Explosion oubreak lately, a cyclical occurrence that doesn't get any easier no matter how many outbreaks anyone's experienced.
Actually several concurrent outbreaks, I guess. Each time, a group blames the "Other Side". Often Left blames Right, or Right blames Left, and always Jews/Israelis/supporters and Muslims/Arabs/supporters share the blame spotlight. Lots 'o blame to go around, it seems.
What's this symptomatic of, you might ask? IMHO, we imperfect human beings are always searching for someone/something to blame for whatever's not going right in our lives.
Either it's the US that's to blame, or the President, or Christians, or atheists, or Blacks, or Asians, or Jews, or Muslims, or Hindus for that matter.... you name it, we all feel that some group is to blame for something.
This is not new behavior. It's very deeply ingrained in human beings. We have desires for ourselves, our families, our communities. Not all of these desires will be realized. When that happens, we feel powerless, and hate that feeling more than anything.
So our natural instinct is to blame something or other. The weather. The boss. The wife or husband or children. The government. The conservatives. The liberals. The Blacks. The Jews. The Muslims. The list goes on and on.
So, can we extrapolate from this understanding to Newsvine Meta Explosions? It would certainly help defuse situations if we were able to step back from blaming each other.
We might even be able to concentrate on positive solutions to some of the world's problems if we weren't so consumed by defending our own ideologial territories.
Rather than bashing each other for our worldviews, let's take a deep breath, realize that winning isn't the only goal. That communicating our different realities can be mind-expanding. That debate is not the only goal of communication. That building a community able to both listen and to disagree amongst members is a worthly goal.
And most of all, learning that scapegoating the "Other Side" does nothing but alienate, wound, and in extreme cases brings real suffering to those being scapegoated.
Throughout time, weaker groups in societies have been scapegoated: slaves taken in war, women, children, ethnic minorites, religious minorities, immigrants, etc. It's been my hope that Newsvine would be a place to get smarter, learn from the experiences of others how not to scapegoat.
So, I'm sad everytime that a Meta Explosion takes place. I'm also sad when people hate on each other for situations that are beyond anyone's control.
The French have a great saying: Assume-toi. It means take responsibility for your actions. Stop complaining, stop blaming. That's certainly what I'd like to see more often here. Let's stop blaming, begin taking responsibility for our actions.