Yesterday, for the first time ever …
I “unfriended” someone on Facebook.
I realize it’s not a big deal.
But, I wanted to share with you what made me even bother to hit the “unfriend” button.
The person I was “friends” with is another photographer whom I have never met.
He/she had sent me a friend request about six months ago and I accepted.
I accepted this unknown person’s friend request because I assumed he/she probably wanted to bond over photography.
Instead, day after day, I kept seeing this person vent on political issues.
I found some of the posts a little offensive, but I just ignored them.
I could have “hid” her/his posts from my timeline – but why would I do that?
Why be “friends” with a total stranger and then “hide” their posts so you don’t see anything they write.
There are a lot of people I know who I don’t share political beliefs with.
That’s fine …!
Think how boring life would be if we all agreed on everything.
But, yesterday, this particular “friend” began spewing pure, bigoted, ignorant, hate.
Even though it was not directed at me, or anyone I know,
It made me ill.
I didn’t even pause in hitting the “unfriend” button.
It seems to me, by the time you’re an adult, you should know how to express your opinions in a manner that is respectful to other human beings.
Hate usually comes from fear …
And people fear what they don’t know and/or understand.
It’s very difficult to hate anyone if you take the time to actually really get to know them.
The situation made me reflect on two things:
1) There’s way too much negativity in the world to invite more of it into life via the social media posts of total strangers, and
2) I doubt if a single person has ever changed their opinion/belief system after reading someone else’s political rant on Facebook – so why do people bother ranting?
Personally, I’m going to try to be a little bit kinder to everyone who crosses my path today.
The world needs a lot more NICE in it.