The Social Dilemma is a Netflix documentary-drama hybrid that shows how dominant and largely unregulated social media companies manipulate users by harvesting personal data, while using algorithms to push information and ads that can lead to social media addiction, dangerous anti-social behaviour and hate crime.
We believe ourselves free, critical thinkers, yet our thoughts are molded and more influenced than ever before. From what we believe to how we act to what we say is all a product of what we consume inside our personally tailored echo chambers.
But, who is pulling the strings? The creators of these vessels are willing to let us have a small peek.
Free thinking begins with freeing our minds and that will not happen until we see things for what they really are and not what is being projected. But, how can we truly do this? Islam gives us a a lens with which to see the world and open our eyes to reality.
And what is the life of this world except the enjoyment of delusion. (The Noble Quran 3:185)
The Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) give a perspective that we cannot get from anywhere else. We don’t have to give in to indoctrination or let someone control our thoughts and actions. We have a choice to follow a way of life that sets us free from these chains. Islam is the way to live a free life of contentment and clarity.
The first step is to accept that the way we think and what we believe are not our own individual ideas. Watch this and actually believe them when they show you who they really are and what they intend to do. Then begin the journey to self development and self discovery through exploring the Qur’an. Let God speak to you and let Him become the ultimate Guide for this journey. You won’t regret it!