Multiplied Speech in the Internet Age
After making the video about arguing over Adolf Hitler, Brian Ruhe and Ven. Paññobhāsa Mahathera made this video. Hitler is not a relationship issue...lol!
In this video, Brian starts his questions with this opening statement to Ven. Paññobhāsa:
I have a question idea. I am concerned about my right speech in this internet age. You could comment on my view and critique it. I have worked out a subtle view since I started making videos in the early days in 2011. I have refined it by now to a point that it is so subtle that I can hardly use words but I will write this:
I think that if I talk to a stranger about Hitler or the Jews and they get upset that could be unskillful speech on my part. But if I say the same thing on an Internet video it is different. My intention and the actual fact are in alignment. My view is that my 2000 videos amount to 2000 drops in the Internet ocean of videos (plus my two websites). I feel that I am tweaking the overall influence of the internet on the public.
I am trying to move the Overton window closer to the real truth about the world. That is different than saying “my opinion about the real truth about the world”. This is because not only do I put forth evidence but there is much other evidence to support my views.
The Buddha said speech should be at the right time and place. Upsetting a stranger is not the right time and place but releasing a video is the right time and place as it expands in the continuum of time and space. A video is something that a person has chosen to click on. 80% of comments are positive, indicating that I am not offending people as much as I am nurturing them in a world where they can’t talk about what they care about, even to their family and closest friends. So, that is right speech. This is very important as my karma has probably touched about 200,000 people or more. The implications are staggering as 1000 years from now people could be influenced by these videos. I sometimes consciously speak to a future age as I regard myself as ahead of my time.
In terms of speech I often state that I am speculating that I don’t know about who is behind what conspiracy. I feel that is right speech. I am wrong sometimes but overall I think I have good karma with my internet speech. What do you think?
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