How Unstable Are You?

It is fascinating how the meaning we attach to different phrases changes over time.

It wasn’t that long ago that being unstable meant you were experiencing a mental illness.

Today, being unstable probably still means you are experiencing a mental illness, but more probably it means your access to the Internet is unstable.

Since I live in a small rural community, I access the Internet via a cellular hot spot and not fiber optic cable to my home. At best I generally get just two bars which means my Internet connection is frequently unstable. Most of the time when I am on Zoom, I can’t do both audio and video at the same time and very often my audio output is often garbled at the receiver’s end.

A lot of attention is being paid to the divisions in our society today. One of these divisions is the digital divide.

There is typically a stigma attached to being mentally unstable. How long might it be before I am stigmatized in today’s woke — cancel culture because I am digitally unstable?

I am guessing that it is probably already happening.



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William McPeck

William McPeck


Bill McPeck has been involved as a leader and practitioner in employee health, safety, wellness and wellbeing for close to 30 years.