I’m tired. Not the physical kind, but emotionally. I, like many others, awoke to the news yesterday of another mass shooting, this time in Orlando. It made my heart hurt. This post isn’t intentionally about politics, or gun control, or any other hot button issue.
I made the mistake of getting on Facebook yesterday after this happened. And rather than seeing posts about remembering the victims and their families (to be fair, I did see some of those), I was flooded with equal amounts of anti-gun and anti-Islam vitriol. It gets old, and it gets us nowhere.
What happened to the golden rule? Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I know that is so difficult to do sometimes because it feels like there are so many people out there that don’t think that way.
I would like to think that once upon a time, people could have differing opinions and could express them in a respectful way. Looking back on history, though, shows that really wasn’t the case either. What makes things different these days is that there is a much wider platform thanks to social media. So, conversations and arguments that happened around water coolers, barrooms, living rooms, barber shops, etc. are now there for all the world to see, and it isn’t pretty.
We are humans with all the imperfections that come along with it. We all have strong opinions about some things. Many of those opinions are based on strong beliefs. I respect that. I have my own beliefs about things that I feel very strongly about. I guess this is one of those. How hard is it to be respectful in a difficult situation for just a little bit.
I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be able to express these views. What I wish I could see is a bit more time elapse before jumping into the arena to express them. Let those that lost love ones have a little time to grieve. Let those that were injured have time to process what happened to them. Stop using them as pawns to further your view.
I have my own opinions about all of this, but I’m not going to share them. Perhaps I’m doing the exact same thing that I’m railing against by posting this. If I am,then I acknowledge my hypocrisy, and I apologize for that.
Bottom line, just breathe. Take some time to think things through and to think of someone else before posting online. I’m taking a break from Facebook because of this. It may be time to pare down my friends list, or at least heavily filter stuff. I know the world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I’m not putting my head in the sand when it comes to the world today. I just want to filter out the extra noise.
If you are still around through this rant, thank you. And try to remember what Abraham Lincoln once said: “Be excellent to each other.”