2016: The Death of Consciousness

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In 2016  Digital pocket monsters were caught via cellphone while people jumped onto train tracks crashed cars into lakes and  entered private property only to be shot at in the pursuit of virtual pets. Congratulations you’ve caught them all! Those will be the words said if not already in private, one day. The question is will those words be in reference to Pokemon or human beings?

2016 had more people go out in droves to various public sites to “capture”  Pokémon, take selfies, and post mass challenges: far too many to list, albeit some for a good cause overall at times the lines became blurry in knowing if the challenge was for awareness or self-exposure. Our self-worth continues to become more determined by our likes and online friends rather than strengthening our bonds with loved ones.

2016, the death of consciousness. Make no mistake for better or worst pending on the person’s personal experience 2016 has been a lot to digest. We live in hyperbole, we are constantly being told to buy this, try that, and beware of whatever. It’s becoming hard to discern what we need or who’s selling us false goods. it’s been like that long before I was born and  will continue long after. The idea is to reel you in. Thus speaking in brash, loud, boisterous claims seem to garner attention, no matter how ridiculous, if you’re watching or reading then the job was successful. Newspapers, media, click-bait, socially shared stories, tabloids, etc. All exist to take what they want from you, in exchange giving you what they think you need. At one point informing people with the facts mattered but now even at the cost of honesty, if it makes money then it’s all good. Until we the people stop accepting nonsense, our media will continue to put money over honesty, entertainment over integrity.

Every year has its up and downs, for some it’s a great year for others a disaster. Has 2016 been the worst year of recent memory? No, probably not, our brains become increasingly bogged down with information. We have a tendency to forget history quickly, unfortunately, tragedy occurs every year. There is no shortage of sadness anytime someone loses a loved one, natural disasters and other forms of disruption occur in everyone’s lives.

Cosmic and in between, I am a believer in energy. The energy that is put outward, some may gravitate to absorb/take while pushing their energy: negative or positive onto you. I do believe  (note: I do not in any way proposition this  as fact) that 2016 has been overall a daunting year for many. Social media has been a driving force and will remain so since we are all “connected.” Although I would argue that we are more emotionally disconnected with each other now than before. Our feeds are continually updated with news, information both real and fake 24/7. The shares, likes, retweets, post, 30-second videos, it is a lot. More people have a venue to express their opinion; there is nothing wrong with that. The problem lies within spreading your opinion as fact, or masking talking points as truth when they are partial truths missing context. Furthermore, if someone challenges you with proper discourse we go into a corner, beginning to either yell louder or dismiss any of the ideas presented that challenges our own.

Our president-elect will take office after running a campaign that was a reality show in the worst way. Minimal facts were given during his rallies and debates, gaffes were consistent, and news outlets from both sides never took the time to truly cover the president-elect with a seriousness that should come with running for the nations highest office. Many people complained but didn’t know why they were complaining. The words of Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton that was shared by major news networks or Facebook post became fodder for many. Liking and sharing nonfactual information. Only ratings mattered in the end. The more people became obsessed with gaining greater financial growth, (at the expense of truth) they became more imbalanced and forgot that we all need to educate each other, not solely increase our followers and likes.

This dangerous style of storytelling has long-term effects. To put it frankly: it will erode our ability to not only think but search for common ground and equal enlightenment. What makes 2016 so different is not only a number of celebrity deaths, musicians, hip-hop icons, leaders, tyrants, controversial figures ET AL. But the tension and violence between all Americans/ civil servants that consumed this beautiful but flawed country of ours. No country is perfect but to not understand the importance of human life is disheartening. There should be no debate.

For individuals to want to excite a race war,(which we are of one race the human race) to have hatred in your heart due to someone’s political affiliation, to want to abolish a females right to choose what she would like to do to her body, to look down on people because they want to be with someone of the same-sex, doesn’t make sense to me. The erosion in our country is not from people coming from elsewhere trying to make a new life for themselves here. Our country’s erosion comes from our leaders that are men and women seeking personal achievement under the guise of unity. A dominate society of Individuals that will stand on the bones of many as long as their name is the only name in the headlines. The people who are willing to subjugate, misinform, persuade and destroy anyone that is not on board with the agenda that the individual wants to promote falsely.

Maybe I have been mislead and tricked. Children, women, and men are losing their lives all over the world in war-torn countries, black men and women have been losing their lives, Hispanics have been portrayed as ruthless killers and hatred is seemingly on the rise. In this country, in America, there is a actual state with cities and a population that does not have clean drinking water. Clean drinking water, think about that. We are all one, and we continue to allow things have us believe otherwise. We care more about animal rights yet continue to make excuses for human beings of all ethnicities, particularly Black Americans getting slaughtered like animals. We lock people up in a cage, but we fight for chickens to live on a caged free farm. We allow random faceless people to rewrite history and what is to be believed politically socially and economically.

The unfortunate death of consciousness was a methodical one. The youth of tomorrow and the young adults of today are swept up in paying attention to nonsense, getting put to sleep, no longer able to decipher tone or sincerity. Failing to understand what is real or fake, bothered by doing research and fact checking. Something as simple as turning off auto-correct is arduous so the more we decide to avoid because of the difficulty, the easier it is to be manipulated. Reading has become an art form, since we rather consume our information from a video. The question I pose is, are we now officially engulfed in an era where lying has become a means to success, nepotism is a right, and learning is a skill? This is not the Information Age but the misinformed age. Propaganda & Entertainment joined at the hip. Sensationalizing irrational behavior is a premium I cannot afford, neither should you, not now, not ever.

2016 has been the culmination of self. All that it encompasses is what I don’t think our society is prepared to admit but is being duped into wanting. With all this information that is now seemingly at our fingertips. The death of consciousness is a byproduct of narcissism, social disconnect, self-absorption, and lack of accountability. Even though we are in the age of social media, people have become more distant. A collective intellectual consciousness should occur with all of this access, except it seems as if everyone would rather just watch cat & challenge videos. Our news outlets have succumbed to money grabs. Media corporations have looked for viewership rather than truth telling. A generation raised on the Kardashians: whom focus on self absorption and attention. Some of the leading social influencers such as Tomi Lahren taking center stage are spewing messages of anger, mangled information and skewed viewpoints lacking in any facts, research or apology.

2016 has shown a growing disparity between the haves and the have nots. This disparity has allowed many to perpetrate lives opposite of one’s reality. Giving platforms to the ignorant in a way that is detrimental to everyone else but the person spewing false information. We are becoming a society of bubbles; we’re fed the news, pictures, and ads that are tailored to our personal taste. Why is this dangerous? Long term no one learns anything if they do not experience a reality different from their own. Empathy is being lost and turned into guilt, resentment and blame. We create unusual double standards, and when warranted, undermine the  reasoning behind a double standard. Confusion has plagued many, myself included this year. Maybe I have been deceived. Deception should not be everyone’s objective just to increase their capital. We then all walk around with clouded judgment and fragmented eyes.

2016 has seem to be far more tumultuous then years past. Again I serve not to sit here and overreact that 2016 was the worst year ever, but the energy around us is real. When I was in college I had a theory that I called the big beehive theory. If we treated the earth as the beehive, this planets inhabitants a collective colony, we as workers could maintain a healthy beehive, maintain a healthy queen. We will achieve great things both individually and together. This theory relied on numerous structure’s for validity, but the most important one was that we all need each other. WE have to remove these foolish barriers and systemic teachings that my skin color makes me more superior or inferior to you; that your difference of opinion nullifies your value. Let us open our eyes and ears so that we dig deep to what makes each of us unique, finding that we are not that different. When everyone has a common goal, my happiness should not require your misery. I believe in this but as time passes I wonder if I’ve been duped to think we’re all playing by the same rules.

The spread of fake news, the big reveal that many people only care about themselves. As the gap continues to widen between the classes and the masses, 2016 has surmounted to a year of disappointment. Not all has been negative this year in the U.S. and around the world. Hell the Cleveland Cavilers and the Chicago Cubs won. Progression in any form is still progression and this may have been the best year for many. When the right/wrong year comes around, they will say that year is the worst ever. It is all based on paradigm but I hope that 2016 will not be the year that consciousness was officially laid to rest, I hope that after being asleep for so long many will demand more from each other, from those with far greater resources to make a positive change not headline grabbing fluff stuff. I hope our leaders plan on finally making this great country a better place for everyone’s children, not just their own. This world is far too beautiful, and life is too short to continue to hurt and oppress, but then again what do I know. Maybe I’ve been tricked.

In the end the goal is to go towards greater, but when you don’t know where or what that is you’ve put yourself in a unwinnable race. Not appreciating what is around you and how you’ve achieved it. Objects can be replaced, life, the individuals apart of it cannot.

So goodbye 2016 I’ll leave my most personal thoughts tucked away snuggled in a blanket. Everything is not always perfect or rosy but that’s ok.  I will say thank you, another earth year in the books. I hope in 2017, both collective and individual energy allows many to say this was the best year in recent history. Maybe my headline will read 2017: the rebirth of collective resonance. Positive energy restored, either way, you live, learn and adapt.

Y.Woods

✈️Culturally Fly since… I would like to believe that I am first and foremost a Creator, writer, photographer & frankly a Purveyor of all things perspective. I am Passionate about my passions, one of them being Travel. Sporadic wisdom peddler. I am One of One and that’s not a lie.

2 comments

  • sums up the year in a complete nutshell, brother. 365 days of 2016 was def a moment of highs and lows along the way. as you said, “another earth year in the books.” Let’s continue with much optimism and eyes on the prize with 2017 on the horizon.

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    • absolutely there’s always a tendency to feel as if the sky is falling when things do not go our way, but 2016 had what i hope is a short term energy of nonsense. hopefully a trend and not the new norm. so to 2017 let it bring a new level of elevation for everyone.

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