2018/10/09: We live in the age of envy. Career envy, kitchen envy, children envy, food envy, upper arm envy, holiday envy. You name it, there’s an envy for it. Human beings have always felt what Aristotle defined in the fourth century BC as pain at the sight of another’s good fortune, stirred by “those who have what we ought to have” – though it would be another thousand years before it would make it on to Pope Gregory’s list of the seven deadly sins.
But with the advent of social media, says Ethan Kross, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan who studies the impact of Facebook on our wellbeing, “envy is being taken to an extreme”. We are constantly bombarded by “Photoshopped lives”, he says, “and that exerts a toll on us the likes of which we have never experienced in the history of our species. And it is not particularly pleasant.”
Clinical psychologist Rachel Andrew says she is seeing more and more envy in her consulting room, from people who “can’t achieve the lifestyle they want but which they see others have”. Our use of platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, she says, amplifies this deeply disturbing psychological discord. “I think what social media has done is make everyone accessible for comparison,” she explains. “In the past, people might have just envied their neighbours, but now we can compare ourselves with everyone across the world.” Windy Dryden, one of the UK’s leading practitioners of cognitive behavioural therapy, calls this “comparisonitis”.
And those comparisons are now much less realistic
2018/09/14: The intellectual dark web: the internet has allowed this renegade band of scientists, writers, social commentators and podcast hosts to slip the censorious clutch of the universities and the mainstream media, leaving them free to address issues, and voice opinions, that the self-appointed guardians of liberal-left orthodoxy have declared off limits.
If the IDW phenomenon exposes anything, it is the depth of people’s frustration with the degree to which public debate has been repressed, particularly by the Left which has whipped itself into a frenzy of offense-taking, speech-policing, motive-questioning, name-calling and heretic-hunting.
This what happens when some people come along who simply refuse to play that game by those rules. People who, having left, or been excommunicated from, the church of permitted left-liberal thought, have no reason not to challenge that church’s orthodoxies and the doctrinal foundations on which they stand.
But it isn’t just what the IDW are saying that people seem to find so liberating. It is the way they are saying it.
Their tone is measured, their arguments carefully constructed, and the potential weaknesses of those arguments thoroughly tested. Because their conversations are long, unedited and unmediated, complexity can be embraced, and nuance explored.
Over the course of two hours, nonsense, intellectual dishonesty and moral confusion are invariably exposed.
They may be known as the intellectual dark web, but no one shines a more unforgiving light on an argument than they do.
I don't need to ask you what you're doing on August 12, 2018. You're no doubt planning to attend your local Middle Child Day parade, or take in a lecture on Famous Middle Children Throughout History
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