Blog · January 18, 2016

Spread the Love

214cd735879ae8c0ca415480089ab73eThere is so much hate going around. Fear mongering is at its highest peak. I’ve never seen so many insults as I’ve seen lately thrown around with such callousness. When diplomacy is viewed as a weakness, or, worse, as “brown-nosing”, it makes you wonder what poison they have been drinking. Or watching. Where have our manners gone?

Out the door.

There was a day, not long ago, where there were three topics that were supposed to be off-limits. Politics, Religion & Abortion. These were topics that were considered inappropriate to discuss in public. I still have this rule with my real-life friends, and they laugh at me about it as if I am just an idiot for not wanting to discuss things I don’t want to talk about. It’s really sad. I even had a rule on my EB group that these topics should be avoided at all costs to avoid arguments and tensions. With the advent of social media, however, all decorum has officially been buried. And it’s not a pretty sight.

I remember back in the 80s and 90s, even as recently as 2005, I honestly had no idea what anyone thought about politics. And I miss it. I had no clue what my bestest of friends political leanings were. Lord knows, it’s so much easier to love your friends when they don’t seem so angry about crap they have no control over. Now I see my High School friends go on relentless hateful sprees as I sit in wonder. Do they really have nothing better in their life to be worried about? Something they have some control over perhaps? I’m not sure how to love Facebook friends as they offer up hate. Their next post? More hate. The post after that? You guessed it.

I’ve honestly lost count of all the “friends” and even some family members, that I had to “hide from my newsfeed” on facebook. I really have no time in my life to read their angry and hateful sentiments about the government, their rants about conspiracy theories, or the fights picked regarding Planned Parenthood.  I’m not sure how to offer grace in the midst of frustration and anger. Or when to comment on a post and when to just leave it alone. 100% of the time, when I leave a comment, it’s never, ever received in kind, and who wants to feed the beast anyway? Not me. Not anymore. I am DONE.

No, you will not find any political, religious or abortion rant on my Facebook personal profile or any of the pages I run. There haven’t been any in years. I am trying to just spread love instead of hate. And perhaps something else I can do is pray for grace that others will find some peace and not be so angry all the time. It’s not good for your blood pressure, you know?

And one more insight. If I may. Your anger sprees don’t change a thing. Sure, you may get some ego-boosting from those 50% of your friends that agree with you. You will, however, look bad to the other 50% and they may end up hide you from their newsfeed or even get you unfriended/blocked. Food for thought.

Love & Light,