Enough Is Enough

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.

And …?

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.

13 Responses to “Enough Is Enough”

  1. Tonya Cinnamon

    it really is sad when people are like that. I have no qualms about befriending people if all I see is political stuff or anything really hurtful. (hugs)

    • Suzanne

      I don’t think any of us need to invite more negativity into our lives.
      Especially when it comes from people we don’t even know!

  2. Denise

    Good for you. I made a choice about 20 years ago to keep that kind of hatred out of my life. I’ve unfriended people on FB, some whom I know and some in my extended family tree, because I have found I have absolutely nothing in common with them and there’s no reason to be connected.
    Now go out and have a nice day 🙂

  3. Julie J

    Ditto to Missy.
    Life’s way too short for all of the un-nice rants and comments. Ever read a story on MSN and just browse the comments following said story?? My word how can people be so crude and evil.

    • Suzanne

      People can be so terrible.
      I try NOT to read comments on news articles.
      So much hate …

  4. Tracy Lang

    I’ve noticed lately that both extremes seem to be ramping up the righteousness and intolerance. Not sure why…but I agree…bye bye 🙂

    • Suzanne

      I think the majority of people are nice.
      It’s always the people with extreme beliefs who scream the loudest.

  5. Tiziana

    I have unfriended two people from facebook who were old acquaintances because of their racial posts. I tried arguing once with them, but realized they’re bigoted views won’t be changed even after a year long debate, let alone a couple of comments on facebook. That is why I had unfriended them…I don’t want to be upset by them anymore.

    • Suzanne

      Yep – people aren’t going to change their belief system on Facebook. I don’t have a problem with differing points of view … but, I do have a problem with bigotry and hatred.

  6. Judi

    I recently heard about Be Good to People (http://begoodtopeople.com/), and really love their message! I’m going to order a shirt, but it’s kind of sad that people need to be reminded to be kind.


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