“Facebook and Twitter badgering isn’t going to serve us well today. Too much cheerleading on one side or the other and not enough sober silence.”
The quote is a telltale sign of our current social media climate.
Of human relationships that are not purposefully silent or kind.
It feels the norm of late, rather than the exception.
Anger. Badgering. Disrespect. Name-calling.
On media outlets that started as places for people to “connect,” make friends, share photos and laughs. And, yes, post photos of food.
I love food.
A photo of bacon and eggs is preferable over Facebook disagreements.
An eye-rolling cat meme is more inviting that a Twitter diatribe.
I know, it’s difficult. You don’t know how many times I’ve wanted to speak my mind on social media, but held back.
Because silence can show respect and kindness for others, no matter your own personal opinions.
Silence can save friendships and disheartening conversation.
If you have to voice an opinion or be a cheerleader, always steer toward a gentle path of understanding and knowledge with your audience.
One can be firm in an opinion and still be kind.
If people can’t say something nice, why can’t they sit on their hands and be quiet?
I believe there’s a quote about that from Thumper’s mom and dad.
So I urge you, dear readers, to find sober silence when needed.
Today, tomorrow and every day.
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