Do We Still Want the West? – WSJ

There was a time when the West knew what it was about. It did so because it thought about itself—often in freshman Western Civ classes. It understood that its moral foundations had been laid in Jerusalem; its philosophical ones in Athens; its legal ones in Rome. It treated with reverence concepts of reason and revelation, freedom and responsibility, whose contradictions it learned to harmonize and harness over time. It believed in the excellence of its music and literature, and in the superiority of its political ideals. It was not ashamed of its prosperity. If it was arrogant and sinful, as all civilizations are, it also had a tradition of remorse and doubt to temper its edges and broaden its horizons. It cultivated the virtue of skepticism while avoiding the temptation of cynicism.

Source: Bret Stephens, Do We Still Want the West? – WSJ

A personal guide for social media

  1. Have a mission for each social media platform you use. Don’t blur the lines between the content you offer one audience and the content you offer another.
  2. Be proactive rather than reactive. Add value. Bring something new to the discussion.
  3. Don’t presume to offer what others can easily find themselves. You’re not the only one who knows how to use Google or read a newspaper.
  4. Know your audience. Understand who they are and what they expect from you. (That doesn’t mean you have to give it to them.)
  5. Don’t be hysterical. Whenever you can, cool temperatures, turn down volumes.
  6. Don’t get in fights. You won’t convince them.
  7. Don’t use reason to try to convince the unreasonable. Understand their values and conform your arguments to appeal to them.
  8. Do not allow your social media channel to become the vessel for your opponent’s propaganda, even to rebut it. Don’t perpetuate the life of a falsehood by quoting or retweeting it.
  9. In sum, be the signal, not the noise.