The beautiful world that we live in has become a bit cruel. For all of the opportunities and advantages that social media and other new forms communication grants us, they have unfortunately also served as a conduit for hatred and judgement. A simple perusal of any message board or news feed will reveal that most people would rather engage in hate-filled discourse than have a productive discussion about the ideals that beautifully divide us. I say beautifully because what makes us different is ultimately what should help to bring us together. Education and understanding are the keys that separate us from lesser lifeforms and help to promote peace and unity. Yet somehow, we’ve lost sight of this.
For whatever reason, the access that technology has afforded us has been embraced by many people as a means to spew hateful rhetoric and conjure up negativity. It never ceases to amaze me when I watch a Youtube video or read a blog post or a news article that cannot be interpreted as anything other than positive, only to check out the comments section and have to read through line after line of racist, ignorant and otherwise unintelligent remarks. The advent of our rampant cynicism depresses me. At the same time, however, I am pleased whenever I see people who’ve managed to make a name for themselves and become successful because of the various avenues that social media and other means of content creation have opened up that traditional education could not. Truly, these powerful tools are leveraged for both good and evil, yet the good far outweighs the bad, so we have to learn to live with the downsides.
Since I can remember, I have always been a communicator. I have always prided myself on embracing new information and exchanging learned information with others in the hopes that all parties involved can walk away from the exchange better people. I have also always had a knack for writing, and upon realizing it to be a natural talent that not everyone possesses, I dedicated myself to honing my craft and using it as a means for me to acquire an audience and create opportunities for myself and others. By no means have I fully realized this, but I tirelessly work to pursue this ultimate goal.
Despite our natural propensity for negativity, I remain hopeful that with enough constructive platforms, we can weed through our insatiable desire for dismay and rise above it to realize our collective destiny as the pinnacle of God’s (or whomever/whatever your grand designer of life is) creation.
It is under this tenant that I founded Conscious Approach. The name says it all. I aim to promote open and honest discourse that is free of judgement, ridicule, bigotry and the like. Nothing is off limits here. I look to tackle it all. Whether the topic is sports, music, society and culture, or how it is all interrelated, it is important that we gain an understanding of the fact that we’re all different, we all harbor unique viewpoints, and no one is crazy or misunderstood for harboring a viewpoint that is different from our own. Our differences are what bring us together. I embrace feedback and comments because I want you to tell me I’m wrong. I want you to disagree with me. It’s the only way that I, and we, can learn. With that said, I welcome you, look forward to things getting heated, and hope that when it’s all said and done, we can learn to take the Conscious Approach.
A special thanks goes to the following inspirations:
- The Breakfast Club
- The Brilliant Idiots
- Marc Lamont Hill
- Colin Cowherd
- Bill Simmons
- Stephen A. Smith
- Skip Bayless
- Michael Wilbon
- Dave Chappelle
- Chris Rock
- Dan LeBatard