Online opinions can be dangerous…

Wow.  Years ago, my father warned me against discussing religion and politics with friends – that if I insisted on doing soapboxso, I would likely lose most of the friends that I have. They’re hot topic issues, with passionate and emotional issues attached.  Now, with the onset of the “Springer/Povich” media effect (low-class verbal vomit passed off as entertainment) I’m beginning to see the fearlessness that the Internet has generated in some people – especially when they limit interaction to posting online.

As many are now attached to either Facebook, Google+, etc:  a new digital soapbox has emerged. While I will (occasionally) take a stance on these sensitive issues publicly via these networks (as it is a group of ‘friends’, right?) – I still try to live by my father’s wise advice:  watch what you say around certain topics, or risk losing friends.

The other day, when Hostess announced their impending liquidation, and the executives of the company were laying blame at the feet of the baker’s union, I got a little incensed.  While on my G+ account,  I started spouting off to people (not rudely, from my point of view – but definitely pro-worker, as I could not imagine how an iconic brand such as Hostess could be sunk by barely above minimum wage employees).

In the space of less than 24 hours I had received more “slap-downs” that I had ever experienced in my life: analog or digital. Wow.  As an example:  “I’d be surprised to find out that I was the first man to call you an ignorant left-wing sh*t d**k, care to surprise me?” – this coming from a man who later referred to me as a “retard” and told me he was a comedian, therefore it was his job to ridicule me…

Again: wow.

So today I write a note to myself.

Dear self,

A few points to for you to follow:

  1. Never allow a person to intimidate you into changing your mind due to insults and extreme negative feedback.
  2. Look for those who disagree with your point of view, and have the patience to explain why.
  3. Relish a diversity of  opinion; as that is how one learns. 
  4. Enjoy debate and conversation, as knowledge comes from sharing.
  5. Finally, never EVER resort to the emotional vomit put forth by some people attempting to make a point.

Now you know why you have so many politically diverse friends on Facebook:  they are there to share their life experience and POV’s with you, so that your experience on this earth is as diverse as possible.  Learn how to see through the eye’s of others, and hopefully they will allow you to share your POV with them.  While you may end up having to ”agree to disagree” – at least the conversation happened. 

Best regards,
The ignorant left wing sh*t d**k 

Have a nice day!

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