The tenor of daily life before the PC and internet revolutions was quite different. The neurons of the great global mind had not yet been connected. Life was much quieter. You had to go to a bar or to school to find somebody to argue with. The internet changed all that.
Now, in the era of ubiquitous social media, every neuron is connected. The Tower of Babel effect is overwhelming. The din of billions of voices yakking away day and night with no greater purpose than to elicit some type of stimulating response.
Invention of crisis is now an industry. Crisis is the only way to be heard above the din.
Browsers, weblogs, chat and social media have only been around in full force since the early 90s. So, the era of the hungry global mind searching for kicks is only 25 years old. I can't remember what life was like before we were drawn into this restless search for stimulus.
I've felt fatigued with the crisis mongering for a few years. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy the wild circus out there. Responding to the invented daily crisis ultimately drove me to exhaustion. Crisis mongering will probably continue to be the clickbait of the global mind, but I'd like to pull away from that obsession.
Of course, pulling one's head out of the global mind's obsession requires constructing something better and different to fill the time. More to come on that...