My Response to Hate on Facebook

Facebook is like my own personal newspaper; I get to read about the people in my life and what’s going on in their private worlds from the comfort of my laptop or cell phone. We all share with one another, and though it may sound naïve, I’d like to think of it as a place to build people up. We celebrate our successes and bolster those who need it.

When I scroll through my personal Facebook feed, I can’t help but feel sad.  There is a lot of hate and anger in the world today. Fiery debates are being held in comments regarding the president, gun control, reproductive rights, LGBT equality, healthcare, and welfare. That isn’t even the tip of the iceberg.

Educated and uneducated views abound on both sides of these issues. People are crass, rude, insulting, and downright brutal.

I never thought I would say this, but I am beginning to recall fondly the days when my complaints with Facebook were simpler. Too many people posted about the menial things, such as what they had for dinner. Maybe there was a vague comment ending with the sentence “You know who you are.” Those were the days.

Something needs clarified. I’m not adopting a better-than-thou stance about those who express their personal beliefs openly on Facebook. It’s your account and you are allowed to say whatever you wish.

Some people post things opposite my personal beliefs, challenging someone to disagree, but that doesn’t make me think any less of that person. Some people share my opinions and openly invite people’s attacks, but that doesn’t raise them in my esteem.

This is probably the point in which you are starting to wonder “what’s your point?” I suppose that this is my answer:

Reader,

Whoever you are, I want you to know that I respect your opinion. No matter how different or similar it is to mine, I truly believe that you have the unalienable right to have and express any view you wish. I want you to know that, even if you despise me, it will not stop me from loving you as all human beings should love one another. It’s not my place to judge. It is my place to treat everyone with love and respect. Maybe someday you’ll feel the same.

Feel free to make your hippy, peace-and-love, or whatever type jokes you may have regarding my message. It’s your right, remember?

When I was thinking about this blog tonight, this song came on. I think it very fitting, and it is very nice to imagine.

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