Echo Chamber (Word For The Week)
An Echo Chamber is defined as an insular communication space that is of no interest to outsiders or refuses their input.
Labels, affiliations, leanings, school of thoughts, and other divides have created walls and partitions that we are less and less willing to step out from.
We not only do not want to listen to the opposing side, but we also do not want to hear them speak, because we believe they are either beneath us, or a waste of our time.
We will rather listen to people who think like us, act like us, and are like us. Once someone opposes us, we want to cancel them.
There is a problem with this way of thinking though. Since we never engage with the other side, we never get to understand them. As a result of that, we never get a chance to improve our own view, nor allow them to improve theirs.
If you continually listen to the same thing, you will remain the way you are. That is good in some cases, but how do you know the times then it is wrong?
This situation is worsened by the fact that technology has made it easier for everyone to build his own echo Chamber. Once a TV station says something you oppose, you tune out of it. Someone on your timeline says something you disagree with, you mute or block them.
As much as we need to watch what we hear, it is also necessary to leave room for growth, change, and education. Both for yourself and also the opposing side.
Do not allow yourself to get trapped in an echo chamber of your own creation, else you’ll be unaware of when the world moves on and leave you behind.