Where Is The Love?

In my previous post I had written, I talked about just how wonderful social media and technology is, and how they are the center of how I communicate and share things with my far away family.

I truly do believe that these things can be wonderful resources for everyone, whether it’s for current events, entertainment, or keeping up with friends and family. I whole heartedly endorse it. Maybe it’s my inner young adult speaking, but I honestly believe we have a great tool in our hands.

That being said, as an avid social media nut (I’m not even ashamed), I can’t help but curl away at some of the horrific things I’ve seen while doing my morning browse.

Sure, there’s plenty of horrible stories I read on the news pages and sites I follow, but of course, I’m not naive, so I expect these everyday tragedies as part of this cruel world we live in. Despite being utterly the happiest human around, I’m no stranger to how the world works.

However, it’s not these stories about robberies, or murders, or cancer ridden children that startle me, believe it or not. It’s the people who are using this wonderful technology to verbally abuse anyone they can get their hands on. Be it strangers, or neighbors, their sword of anger is unyielding. I can’t help but wonder…how awful a life it would be to be so bitter.

Now, don’t get me wrong, we’re all entitled to our opinions. What kind of person would I be if I believed otherwise? Although we are allowed to, and are capable of forming opinions and ideas I’m not sure that necessarily means we have to shove it down the throats of the nearest set of ears. I’m going to be honest, and quite frankly rash–sometimes, people just don’t care. They do not care what you think, they do not care how you live…because just like you, they stand by their own beliefs.

Here’s the thing about opinions. They don’t matter. I’ve lost count on how many times I’ve seen violent crap written to people with a follow up comment of “I’m entitled to my opinion.” In no way should verbally abusing another person through the comforts of your keyboard fall under the “rightful opinion” category. It’s just ridiculous.

I’m a firm believer in the old saying “if you don’t have anything nice to say…” and I do my best to live by that. That being said, I’ve also had opinions too harsh to voice. The only difference between me and the keyboard nutcases is that I don’t say (or type) them. I, as a functioning adult, choose to mind my own business and keep my harsh ideas to myself. Because if there’s one thing I refuse to do…it’s hurt someone else just because I can.

Aside from all of the harsh comments I see being spewed around like really bad diarrhea, I do see the occasional support and well wishes. That’s how we should do opinions. Spreading happiness in a world otherwise full of–dare i say it–bullshit. There are already so many negative things encompassing our world, why would anyone want to be part of the problem.

I live differently than others, and I’m not unaware of this. I do things that others may or may not agree with, as you do things I wouldn’t. Does that give me the right to insult you, or vise versa? If so, when does it end? When the teeth and claws come out and someone is actually hurt? We see that far too often, and I refuse to contribute to that.

I’m okay with the casual back and forth discussion, even if there are opposing views. But too often I see it go from a friendly debate straight into a court session from hell. We go from A to Z much too quickly, and all of a sudden its like we’re all being shot at and our defenses go up. We lose track of what we were there to do–state our opinion respectfully. We all become crazy freaks who honestly believe that bickering like a toddler is going to do anything other than drive the human race to extinction.

Differences in opinion are what make this world what is is. I’m not sure about you, but I’d rather live in a world with substance than live in one where everybody is a mirror image of one another, floating around on cloud holier than thou, playing Jenga until the sun goes down because there’s only one way to play it.

Here’s a question. Who decided that a Facebook or Twitter thread was the place for debates anyway? Want an argument? Go to a political debate. If I’m sure of anything, it’s that those things are full of people more than willing to listen to your hostile banter.

I guess, all in all I’m just growing tired of the hostility and the unnecessary negativity that seems to make up most of this world. No one is perfect. Everyone lives their own way, whether you agree or not. Preaching to a choir of deaf ears is not going to sway anyone to agree with you. At the end of the day, we all have one thing in common–we are all individuals. We are different. Always have been, and always will be. The Black Eyed Peas said it best when they said “Where is the Love?”

But again, I practice what I preach, so if there’s something I’m 100% sure of, It’s that this whole post may not matter to anyone at all.

Much Love, xoxo.

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