August 21, 2017 marks the day that a solar eclipse will be viewed in North American skies since 1979, and the first coast-to-coast eclipse since 1918. I was a kindergartner during the last eclipse and today my 6 year old daughter will have the rare opportunity to view one. As we drove to school this morning she said, "Mom, today the whole earth will be dark!" Her statement is not entirely true, but I understood what she meant. Today is one of those rare lifetime moments where millions will share an experience. In the middle of a Monday afternoon, all will grow quiet and still and for a little while, the lights will go down.
On Your Mat
Remember when we were in kindergarten? You know how it is when you're five years old with boundless energy, and you don't want to stop playing because you don't want to miss anything? Five year olds want to go and go and go and go because they are living in the moment, and most of the time that moment is pure bliss. They're not co...
Do you see that person in the background of the picture? That's me...Anita Michelle Tillman. Go on, zoom in...I'll wait.
See? That is me. I was standing at the podium of the Louisiana Municipal Association's 80th Annual Convention a few weeks ago, and this is one of the few moments that captured what I actually do. There I am - head down, editing a script at the 11th hour and 58th minute, and making sure that each speaker knew what to say and when to say it. That's what I do. I help people say the right thing at the right time and I'm happy to do it all from behind the curtain. If you drive a beautiful sports car, no one cares what the engine looks like, as long as the outside looks good and it performs like it's supposed to. Have you ever seen an engine jump out of the car and stand on the ground and pose in front of the car? Never. The engine is a silent yet powerful force, tucked away, out of sight. Just consider me an engine. It's not important for me to be in the spotlight...
I've come to the conclusion that we are being socially engineered by social media. It tells us what to be angry about, what to protest, what to pray for, what to eat, who likes us, who can be trusted, who to be suspicious of, who to date, who not to marry, how to discipline our children, where to spend our money and who to listen to. Instead of promoting community, it does the opposite - it's isolating, lonely, insecure, self-doubting, and petty. It trains us not to talk to each other and if you don't think like me, I can just block you. It suggests my friends, it allows me to eavesdrop on other conversations, it gives me enough access to prejudge you before I attempt to get to know you.
Tell me how we can progress as a society with independent, free-thought when we are being wired to be dependent, group thinkers, often with a mob mentality?