JAKARTA, PRINDONESIA.CO – Communicating does require equality of position between the parties because communication is not only a transfer idea, there is also a character exchange. If the parties that communicate with each other have the space to accept each other’s opinions, surely the communication will run smoothly, and then harmony is created. The harmony of views, as well as the harmony of differences.
The difference in every group to the nation is a gift, as well as a blessing that should be nurtured. Differences in ideas can result in a diversity of points of view. Differences in social backgrounds will give more colorful characters. Hence, social harmony always requires a willingness to “share”. Share opinions, share stories, to share wisdom.
In this digital era, the disharmony phenomenon has the potential to spread everywhere, no matter the social and economic strata, and even culture. Counterproductive narratives that often circulate on social media are the trigger. Taking cover behind the anonymity of social media, it only takes a few seconds to trigger.
Social Media Mask
The “tragedy” of public polarization in the legislative election and presidential election last April, some of which was the result of the discretion of utilizing social media. The hereditary social assets of the nation in the form of tolerance can hardly be a catalyst for the disharmony potential of political choices.
Harmony, social solidarity, and tolerance almost no longer shows its real face and covered by the masked face of social media. Communication harmony gets its real test in this digital era. Moving away from the digital approach is impossible. However, allowing counterproductive communication practices on social media is truly unwise.
Educating the public in communicating in the digital era is the right way to strengthen back the social harmony. Additionally, it surely requires an exemplary attitude from the leaders. Counterproductive narratives that are displayed to the public at all times are the spice of conflict potential that triggers social harmony.
It is time for the leaders to hold back the lust for excessive communication. More listening, less talking, and self-restraint are wise choices for the public. Carry out the communication at the right momentum and with a narrative that is nurturing for the social foundation of the public.
Perhaps, it is sometimes necessary to keep silent, so that harmony is created when the communication occurs, instead of bombarding the field of communication with meaningless narratives. (Asmono Wikan)