I keep thinking about this song and how social media works. This is the theme song of a Black Mirror episode about social media shaming which has elements of “The Lottery.” You say to yourself, I could just walk away from this screen, this device, I could wander off into the woods and not think any more about the people in their rooms tapping their keys. Tapping, and tapping. But the tapping strikes your skull and you feel yourself collapsing inwardly. Even in the woods where I went, I heard the keys in every woodpecker’s peck on the splendid Sequoias stretching up to the sun.
All those people out there on social media are not your friend.
You have friends. You have the very same friends you had before it all happened.
You don’t lose friends. You find out who your friends actually are.
You walk through fire and at the end of it, you have learned what you did wrong, you have cleared up any illusions that you are universally loved, and you are a fire walker.