Twitter is just too depressing

I think I am going to have to start limiting my twitter reading. Frankly, it’s just too depressing with a constant barrage of news involving more anti-intellectualism, anti-science, anti-humanities, growing racism, growing ethnocentrism… .

I really don’t get the appeal of this world or why people want it. I hear constant talk about how good it “used to be,” but when was this? The rapid growth of the US after WWII was fueled by folks coming home from being abroad and enjoying things like the GI Bill to go to college. While it might sound trite to refer to fighting in the war as an opportunity to travel, it’s something I have heard referenced continually by vets as something that opened their eyes to the world, just the ability to go out and see more of it. And it is still something I hear from people who do a lot of traveling now.

Now…I don’t know. I get this impression of fear and distaste for the other, for education. People don’t trust science because…why? Is it just that they are being told things they don’t want to hear? Do they blame it for losing their job? I don’t get it.

While the bulk of my twitter feed is filled with people wanting/trying to fight these things, it’s still just overwhelming and depressing.

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