We live in an era of “fake news,” when what we read on social media sites may well be made up. Yet, if the stories align with our own views, we’ll press the “share” button without bothering to verify if it’s true.
Social media giant Facebook announced it wouldn’t even try to fact-check political ads, many of which are full of lies.
That is the crux of what is wrong in the world. We only care about our viewpoint, and not who may be hurt by it.
Years ago I read an interview with actress Susan Sarandon in which she told a story about her daughter’s 11thbirthday slumber party. The girls were always gossiping so Ms. Sarandon suggested the ground rule that they not talk about anyone who wasn’t there.
The astonished reply from one of the little girls was, “Then what are we supposed to talk about?”