Start being collective again.
Updated: Sep 8, 2022
Inside Camille's head.
This article is only a condensation of my thoughts about what I’m passionate about. I’m not trying to moralise and I’m not pretending I can give lifestyle advice to anyone. I just wanted to share my vision about why I think being collective again is important to us.
We’re in 2022, and I see a real need to rethink the way we’re being collective.
Every day, it strikes me how much time a large chunk of us spend on social media. I see social media as a place where individuals show the best of themselves. Where everything we see normalises the way we live and look. But it’s also a place for many opportunities.
For me, the use of social media is a paradox.
On one hand, we isolate ourselves from what surrounds us and ‘escape’ from the present moment. On the other hand, it connects us virtually to a huge amount of people.
I don’t doubt the benefits it brings to many people. And I’m not here to talk about the bad side. There are so many amazing initiatives that are thriving thanks to social media, because it brings people together for environmental, social, and ethical causes, which is essential to evolve difficult situations into better ones.
However, I think we need to be aware of something. For every user, the algorithms behind social media create a tailored network of people we see, follow, and talk to, which comforts the vision we have of the world. The reason for that is we tend to only be connected to people who share the same vision, lifestyle and values as us, or the people that we simply admire.
I think the ‘real world’ has so much more to give: a much richer picture of what’s around us. There are so many of us on this planet. We’ve all experienced different things, and we’re all experiencing things in different ways. That’s what makes each one of us beautiful, valuable, and unique.
Today, I think we need to be more curious about who else is part of this world. What do they have to say, and why?
I deeply believe that there’s good inside everyone.
I know how hard it is to hear someone defend something completely outside of what we believe. But it’s important to listen anyway.
Personally, I have difficulty understanding people who deny global warming. People who defend a cause because it’s tradition, or because it’s history, rather than defend matters with empathy. But, I realise that judging others will get me nothing, except frustration.
We need to set our pride aside for a second, start listening, and be indulgent.
If we discuss and share with respect, I think we’ll increase our empathy. And that’s how I like to see the world.
There’s no single truth. There are only visions.
In this modern world, we tend to ‘protect’ ourselves before others.
But we can all change paths and start caring more about the nature and other species we’re surrounded by. It’s not all about ‘me’. It’s about living together and being aware of what’s going on with others.
I was amazed when I found out there were so many organisations that empower local communities by taking actions for environmental and social causes, @FriendsofEarth, @Extinction Rebellion, @Community Fridge Network to name just a few.
Let’s all be curious about other visions.
Let’s all share our ideas and resources. Let’s all start living collectively, and not individually.
I believe it will bring more trust. More love. Less frustration and anger.