|Photo courtesy of jppi at Morguefile.|
I'll continue to update my blog page on Facebook because I know it would greatly impact my page views here if I didn't update with links there, but, other than that, I'm done for awhile.
What really gets me the most is when certain people accuse the "other side" of being immoral and pile on the insults like they were getting paid for each zinger.
I've never felt the need to trim my Facebook friends list before. Not four years ago through the previous election and not any time since. But, today, I find myself contemplating just that. I think it's time for a little Facebook decluttering. I don't oppose people having different political views. I oppose people being cruel to other human beings.
|Even Jesus can't look at Facebook before the election. Photo courtesy of taliesin at Morguefile.|
- If you're going to quote the bible in your political rant, remember Jesus didn't call people morons.
- Most people realize writing in all caps is the Internet equivalent of shouting, so they don't do it anymore. Insults are the same thing. They're a kind of shouting desperate people do when they have no logical argument to put forth.
- If it raises your hackles to think of someone else talking to your kids in the same way you are about to talk to a fellow human being, then don't do it. If it helps, picture your kids on the receiving end of the rant you want to write.
- Understand that when you resort to insults, you've lost the debate. It may make you feel powerful, but, in truth, it's the weakest form of argument.
- Try to remember there are fellow human beings on the other side of those wi-fi signals.
- If your Facebook page erupts in a debate based on something you posted, take exception to your friends calling your other friends things like "worthless" or "idiotic". Friends don't turn a blind eye to people insulting their friends, no matter what their politics.
- Don't be surprised when you lose Facebook friends if you break any of the above rules.