Ahhh, Facebook. That melting pot of ideas, that purveyor of Candy Crush and Farmville (do people still play Farmville?)... the app where all of us come together and say terrible things to people we may have known once, but don't anymore, or who are friends of our friends, or friends of their friends, and who just happen to disagree with us on basic, fundamental principles.
Like, is it blue and black or white and gold?
Trump or Cruz or Hillary or Sanders or none or all?
Soccer or football? Or futbol?
Rousey--whiner or role model?
Toilet paper? Over, or
Who gets to go in the ladies' room?
Why, oh why must we argue about everything?
I keep seeing this meme on the Facebook, and I shake my head and smile sheepishly at myself every time:
|Wisdom for the ages. I made this myself, by the way.|
Yes, I have a hard time holding my tongue--my fingers--my tongue-fingers? when I get fired up about something. Righteous anger at its most wicked.
But... should I? Should you? Should we?
Are we really going to change anyone's mind with a healthy dose of the quick volleys of opinions and often insults that Facebook serves so well? I propose that we will not.
There are forums for this sort of thing. Blogs, letters to the editor, actual (GASP!!!) in-person discussions!! Poetry, stories, heartfelt videos.... but... sadly, not really Facebook.
So, I skip over that post because I know it's going to push my buttons.
I hide this post from my feed because I know it's going to push someone else's buttons.
I ignore this comment to something I post (or even just delete it) because it's going to start contention.
I try and hold my tongue to serve the greater good--because if no one is really listening, there's no sense screaming until your voice is hoarse. All that does is make people put in earplugs.