#ethics – March 2013

Descartes’ Cogito ergo sum (I think; therefore I am) revolutionised philosophy back in the olden dark ages of science when religion ruled freely and God, unchallenged, dictated through his minions what was what to us all, mere animals of his making. But he stood, high on his hind legs, and, well, thought for himself. He was to lead the way to modern philosophy and partly, one could assume to the downfall of religions. #GoRené #RenéRocks

And so, we thought and therefore we were. Then we bought and therefore we were. And now, we tweet and so we are. #PointMade

We have become masters of the 140 or less character rule, able to synthesize our thought process and dilute its quintessential marrow to a single droplet of pure genius. We do not need to explain what came before neither do we want to reason on where it might lead. 140 characters are all we need. #TwitterRules

In fact, we have become so good at this that we can deliver earth-shattering, ground-breaking, mind-blowing statements repeatedly through the course of a single day. Our minds are not merely brains reacting to electrical stimuli but true enlightening machines that had search for the best possible way to express their awe-inspiring, light-shining truisms and had finally achieved greatness. Sandwiches are the best, #Truth.

Tweets have revolutionised journalism, they’re quoted in the news, printed in newspapers, mentioned, debated. They’ve slithered their ways through game-shows, reality shows, sitcoms. And their creators: the Tweeters are acknowledged, thanked, revered; they are the new prophets of the twenty first century. #Armageddon # Malachy

What we believe, whether based on fact, anchored in reality or not, is no longer the issue. We tweet it and because we tweet it: it is. I can begin trends, jump on the bandwagon of others, make hippos cool #IHippoU #HippoOnABus or simply and most frighteningly so to spread hatred #USuck

Freedom, under the banner of democracy, has given ways to all sorts of nonsense (Warning! These hash-tags are hazardous): #votewhite (or how to convince Americans not to vote Obama in 2012), #thingsdarkiessay, #cutforbieber (teenagers cutting open their wrist to convince Justin Bieber to stop smoking weed – No, I’m not making this up!), #ifmysonwasgay, #agoodjew, #ifiwerenazi…

The Blue Bird in its supreme wisdom has allowed all views to be heard, whether they’re idiotic, superfluous, racist or homophobic. Playful wishful thinking #GoslingIsGay is a thing of the past. Silliness has led the way to political agenda and hate-bashing. Every stench of an opinion isn’t whispered anymore in the cosiness of a household but burped out loudly for all to hear.

I think, therefore I am. There is no more thinking. There’s only typing. I tweet, therefore I am. And if that I am turns out to be a racist bigot who wishes the worst onto others, so be it. You’re not accountable. You can vomit your rancid opinions ad nauseum as long as they’re 140 characters or less. Unlimited freedom has also brought unlimited filth.

Descartes wasn’t around when tweets were invented. He believed that reading good books was like having a conversation with the finest minds of the past centuries. I wonder what he would make of the little blue bird. #thinkbeforeyoutweet  #readbooks

Written by Jeronimo

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