Fair shouldn’t be subjective. The old adage, ‘life isn’t fair’ is a petty excuse to justify inaction. Equity for all should be an objective fact. It’s not easy unless you let facts be facts. Too often these days we see facts as emotional interpretations of data.
The need for people to curate and research information is more important than ever. When the situation is hypercomplex and historical we need leadership and honest fact sharing. Instead, we have reactionary impulsive data and ridiculous correlations that allow people to justify sharing absurd untruths. The media is loud and unreliable.
It’s difficult to know who to believe. Facts are no longer really facts. They’re emotionally charged soundbites used to facilitate nonsense rhetoric from people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
You have to trust some people. You must curate for yourself. I tend to trust people (and organizations) that make a positive impact, that turn their words to action. A few people I trust immensely - Seth Godin, John Oliver, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Deb Haaland. Thank you for doing the right thing and working hard for humanity’s best interests.
Originally written on June 12, 2020.