In the US, however, we need constant extremes in order to listen and change our behavior.
Imagine, then, if our citizens were given six weeks to avoid all the prattle on Facebook and Twitter. Imagine if we were forced to consider the realities of our political way of life just a little bit more -- in a little bit more peace.
Please, I know you'll freely tell me I'm trying to deny free speech, but this (limited) privilege has been abused a little over the last few years, don't you think?
Fakers, cowards, Putinists and those who wish the country ill will have found an easy way to flood minds with, more than anything else, confusion.
What if these bad actors had their stages taken away for a little while?
What if it was just a little harder to pump arrant, divisive, vindictive nonsense into human brains for six weeks that might affect people's futures?
We've moved fast and we've broken things. Now we're looking down at the mess we've made and wailing like chicken pox-ridden children.
Why not give ourselves just a little pause for -- a revolutionary idea, this -- thought?
There might be other positive consequences to all this. What if we discovered that life without Facebook, Twitter -- and, yes, let's close down YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat too -- was a little more relaxing?
What if we discovered that our minds became slightly more able to consider deeper thoughts, rather than being forced to react like Pavlovian puppies to every dramatic update or tweet?
What if this let more traditional media companies, too, focus on issues instead of tweetable moments?
Here's another potentially positive result: the people who run Facebook, Twitter and the rest might have a little time to improve their systems and consider more deeply the wreck they've wrought.