I don’t want my Friends List to be a homogenized place where only people who agree with me are welcome.
I’ve purposefully stayed friends and engaged with friends whose opinions swing to the Far Right and everything in between.
Because it’s important that we don’t seal ourselves into a bubble. It’s important that we try to see things from a perspective other than our own.
This is what allows us to grow, to change.
It is also what causes us to become frustrated and angry at the lack of understanding, empathy, and decency from the other side.
You don’t want to support the Women’s March? Ok. But at least don’t say that it’s the “littering” and “wearing of vaginas” that upset you.
And don’t say that it was the “looting” because that didn’t happen on the watch of the Women’s March.
And “wearing vaginas” is so terrible? I’ve had to witness countless “truck nuts” going down the road for no reason than the drivers insecurities, but wearing a vagina while protesting injustice is intolerable?
Are you that embarrassed of your vagina? Men flaunt, text, email, and/or shake their dicks at other people with abandon but some women wear vagina costumes and there’s outrage?
What’s that about?
And women who tell other women how they should protest, what ladylike protesting is supposed to look like, sound like, and what behaviors are acceptable?
How long have you been a hostage to the patriarchy? So long that you don’t even realize that you’re a traitor to Equality?
And I wonder: how many of you dismissed Trumps sexual assault conversation with Billy Bush as “locker room talk” and “Boys will be Boys”?
Because if you are one of those hypocrites, then I am here today to remind you of that.
You do not own the moral high ground.
What about posts that refer to people as “trash”?
Have we become so desensitized from our Love Affair with the Military that we don’t view all people, yes, ALL PEOPLE, as human beings?
Hatred is not the answer.
War is not the answer.
Trump is not the answer.
Love, Kindness, and Compassion is the answer.
Coming together to find solutions is the answer.
But today, I lightened the load. I unfriended and ended friendships of 35+ years.
People forget that social media is about a free exchange of ideas. If you don’t want to have a discussion, then you might want to reconsider making that kind of post.
And if you can’t allow respectful dissent, then what ARE you looking for?