The world of Facebook can be epically soap opera -esque. Miscommunication and misinterpretation run rampant and there is no Supreme Court to rule over stupid posts. For the most part I try to keep my page a relatively friendly and debate free zone. Relatively.
I have had to, on occasion, delete comments of others or ask friends and family members not to post certain things on my wall (ie. Politics, etc). But occasionally I will share something that I find interesting, humorous, or even provocative.
This does NOT mean that I agree with it.
It's a RARE thing for me to find an article or video that I completely agree with. That's how life works. At least mine does. You filter out the fluff and grab hold of the bits that move or inspire you. Example? I can read and share something I found about zombie kittens.
This does not mean I believe in zombies.
I can’t believe I even have to say that.
Maybe I just like kittens or the authors ability to see that the kitten is more than just a zombie. It still has its cute little kitten face and a mother somewhere that still loves it. What never ceases to amaze me, however, is the 100% certainty I have that at least one person will feel the overwhelming need to let me know that zombie kittens are not real.
Thanks for the insight.
Let's face it, we all have at least one in our friends network. That person who upon simply reading the title of an article or blog, has already formulated an opinion regarding the topic, often without even taking the time to read it. No wait, usually without taking the time to read it.
You know who you are.
Now please understand, I have no problem with freedom of Facebook speech and I can even keep loving ALL my friends even if I don't agree with their opinions (long live zombies). What makes me want to post pictures of zombie kittens all over their wall is this; just because you have a Phd. in studies of the feline undead does not mean that you have to shout it from a mountain top every time someone mentions something related to the topic. Chances are, everyone that knows you has heard your speech.
And just because I post something about zombies does not mean I think they are real. I'm not trying to perpetuate a myth. Again, I can't believe I even have to say that. And I don't even have a Phd. I just really, really like kittens, even the ones with issues. No, scratch that. Especially the ones with issues.
The fact of the matter is, God has given us minds and discernment for a reason. At some point we must begin to use our heads to filter out the garbage in life. Learn to trust that still small voice in your head. Because at the end of the day, we are surrounded and inundated by the weight of this world. Don't let it consume you.
Coming up next? The other camp of individuals who do exactly zero research or fact checking before they post their totally false, fear mongering, epically biased pile of trash because they saw it on their cousins page, so it must be true. Hey there, try snopes.com, takes 30 seconds, sometimes less. Seriously. You’re making mankind look bad.
You know who you are.
*Photo Courtesy of Courtney Feia, who would like everyone to know that no kittens were harmed in the making of this image.