Echo Chambers

People forget what an echo chamber can be like. Tech Industry, Politics, Wall Street, Police and others, we are all victim to it in some way. We are all shocked when someone on the inside of one of those echo chambers thinks that everything is fine and working as intended, when those on the outside are shocked and dismayed. Or that the actions they took were justified or even expected.

Hindsight is almost always 20/20.

During the height of the recent housing boom, almost no one was asking "Can this last? Should this be happening?". Those that did ask, were laughed at and ridiculed.

It is easy to paint all those in a group with the same brush, on either side of an echo chamber or bubble. While the actions of a few may be the result of a systemic problem, not everyone would have done the same thing in their place.

We need to remember that, and we all need to have a little more tolerance for our fellow humans. None of us are perfect. We need to actually TRY to examine peoples actions from their standpoint at that time, knowing only what they know then.

If I have no way of knowing that someone is pointing an unloaded firearm at me, and I take action with the belief that my life is in danger, not many would fault me for that.

People tend to forget that police officers are aware and reminded every day that they are outnumbered. That in many cases they are not liked. That all of their actions are looked at under a microscope without the benefit of detachment or even empathy. Have the bad actions of a few made this worse? Yes. Are there lots and lots of cops that have done nothing to warrant distrust and suspicion beyond putting on the uniform? Yes.

Please remember that almost everyone that has something to say on the internet or in a news room has an ax to grind in some fashion. Even me. Take what you read or hear with a grain of salt. Ask questions of all involved. Look for and demand facts, not interpretation. But when putting those facts together into a story or a narrative, do look at it from all sides, look at it through the lens of what was known then, at that time. Not what has been learned since.