Hey Folks! It’s been a hot second and I am really glad to be back to writing. (if only for a short blog post). Recently I took on a new job of substituting for my neighborhood school district, and just like any other place, I’ve fallen in love with the students. Saying no to a day in teaching almost feels like I’m depriving myself of my passion; the passion of learning about our youth today and learning about how they manage their day to day lives.
However, today I’d like to touch that nasty subject everyone rolls their eyes at if they disagree, and that’s politics. But more important than politics, I want to emphasize politics and Facebook. I’ve recently deleted the APP from my phone, which I’ve realized LOTS of people have done. If there wasn’t a reason to stop mindlessly scrolling through Facebook already (which we know there is), the incredible chatter still spreading regarding politics has been the final straw. However, it’s not just the posts that get annoying, it’s the people who comment under them.
To be frank, my candidate didn’t win. My values did not line up with any of the major candidates, and still, I’ve yet to find a politician in my scope of research that fits who I AM completely. Despite what people may, “Think,” I believe… I think I mimic most people who feel stronger on particular issues, thus picking their candidate and whatever may come with them. However, much like a high school classroom…. once you decide you’re supporting your BFF4L, you defend them completely. Ride or die. No matter what they say or do. Therefore, despite your true feelings, it would actually be complete blaspheme to disagree with ANYTHING your political candidate stands for or allows. It’s amazing how many people who support Trump are celebrating entire families being torn apart and deported; without remembering that some of those people are good citizens and good people. Coincidentally it’s amazing how many Hillary supporters I’ve met who agree with the complete violence occurring across our nation simply in the name of, “Injustice.”
Who are you people? Have you completely lost your minds?
Despite your beliefs it seems like lots of people have just simply left their own personal set of morals at home. Breaking windows? Totally OK… Harassing a Muslim kid at school because of their faith? They had it coming. It sickens me that so many people that I LOVE and care about simply have decided to blindly follow their candidate without thinking to themselves…”Hey… does this make sense?” You have identified yourself as a party and now without any regard to anything… have decided to continue to back them without thought.
I want to focus back on the Facebook portion for a bit. It astounds me how many articles are circulating that are such a deviation from the truth. I know this because it only takes 3-4 clicks on Google to start reading the story, seeking these people out on the internet, asking them questions and learning that 1 person took their quote completely out of context, and BOOM 5,000 shares later Facebook has completely been brainwashed. I deleted my app and was really upset. I was one of those people who actually enjoyed seeing people’s kids. Their dogs, their accomplishments… the person at Starbucks who paid for their coffee. It was a bright spot in my day, thus causing HOURS of mindless scrolling while sitting at a red light. Yet, since November, the amount of people who share bogus articles, engage in meaningless banter, show hatred… it’s just unbearable. I’ve deleted more people off my Facebook in 3 months simply because I couldn’t bear to witness more people that I LOVED being attacked or attacking others.. only because they shared a misconstrued article.
I was talking to my mom today about how teachers have to monitor their Facebook. We can’t dilute our personal pages with a bunch of crazy stuff because essentially, you could get in trouble with your school. Although it’s your, “Private Page,” your colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances all make snap judgments based on you and your page. Could you imagine if everyone on your Facebook were in a room and as a 1st impression only talked about what their Facebook said? Think about it, Facebook is a social networking site, much like people still attend networking conferences. Your Facebook is your constant networking conference. And here we all are, bantering, sharing weird articles, yelling, and name-calling all in the name of politics. Would we do this to one another in this setting? Doubtful. Now I’ll be the 1st to say I’ve engaged in some of this banter. It is always polite and engaging, but it made me think of the people I was talking with. 1. would these people say this to my face? (probably not) 2. Would that person have worn a vagina t-shirt to work to support the Woman’s March? (No?) and so why are people so free to post this to their social media page? It is a complete misrepresentation of who you are. Much like why teachers can’t post that photo from Vegas of 30 liquor bottles in your hotel with you passed out in the middle of them. We can still have our own opinions and morals without going to the extreme. Now, I know what you’re thinking… “We need to be extreme to be understood..” but I don’t agree. You may be “Seen,” for your ridiculousness, but you sure aren’t being taken seriously by opposing sides. There are lots of ways to express yourself, and for some, they have decided Facebook is going to be their own personal, “Platform.” Yet, here are a few things I think people forget:
- Facebook is allowed to be what people make it… therefore, I choose to delete or un-follow LOTS of people due to a multitude of reasons, but most recently stupid banter on Facebook. Consider if you also use for FB for OTHER things. Personal marketing? Ani-bullying platforms? home businesses? Guess what, you’re LOSING all of your clients because people are quietly unfriending you, un-following you or leaving FB all together.
- Who are you posting for? Are you posting to get attention? To get a response? To change people’s minds? Do you think it’s working?
- What is it costing you to post an article written by someone else, that could be seen as offensive, and not participating in the most valuable portion of the discussion which is DISCUSSING?
- How easy it is for someone (including yourself) to debate when you’re not in the same room? Inflection, reading someone’s face… it is all very key in understanding perspective. Calling someone stupid, walking away, and not realizing the repercussions for that comment leads to unhealthy stigmas about who you are.
Now, if you’ve managed to keep up and keep reading, I want to commend those who marched, peacefully protested, and truly believe in their candidates. I think that things like this are what make people think about what’s happening in our world and take a closer look at what is happening in our Government. I personally believe that at some point we as a community need to come together and find common ground. While teaching yesterday we discussed the fall of the Maya Empire. One of the major theories that is widely believed to be the cause of their decline was the division in their cities, causing war after war, essentially collapsing their entire civilization. I couldn’t help but find this as a very loose metaphor with our community today. Division is completely killing us. We are no longer loving each other despite our differences… but dividing BECAUSE of of differences…
However, what I hate seeing is people identifying themselves so much, it’s at the expense of their friendships. They don’t mind losing friends if it means they are, “Self-righteous” in what they are saying. But where does that put you in the end? Surrounded by like-minded people, giving yourself no opportunity to consider growing in opinion and in the meantime, losing 1/2 of your friends.
I want to promote something different. Independent thinkers. Thinking about what you’re posting, what you’re promoting, and what you are doing to your image when you are sharing some of these vile and inconsistent articles. There are so many ways to get involved. Donate to your party, donate your time to your party, reach out to your local government, lend a helping hand to someone in need. Show the world you’re a good person and emit light and love and let people learn your morals and values and WHY you believe what you do through compassion and love. Show the world that you are OPEN to new opinions and open to understanding why people feel the way they feel. It’s amazing how much more you understand someone’s perspective when you learn their story, learn WHY they feel the way they feel. Promote learning about differences and promote learning about other cultures.
I may sound like a wishful thinker, but I’m SO READY put the Facebook APP back on my phone.