You hear it all the time: Social media, once intended for bringing people together has failed to do so and in some ways had a complete reverse affect. At best, it serves as a tool to snoop on that former classmate or friend of yours and see what angle of a Starbucks cup they posted that morning.
Aerial view with your shoes and tattoo showing?
Whether you are pro social media, agnostic to it or somewhere in the middle, there’s one point I want to make that is becoming ever clear to me:
The death of unique opinions is ever present.
We are no longer fully considering our own thoughts and beliefs, but instead picking 1 of approximately 3 pre-populated opinions, liking or sharing the post we are engaging with and moving on. And if we are really passionate about it, we will leave a comment with the conversation happening on screen. Sure there are differing examples or points made in the thread, but the response is the same: regurgitating the view of someone else.
Before you call me an idiot for making this claim, look at the most controversial topics in your social feeds and make note of the different responses made as your day goes. Eventually, without even reading into X topic, you will see your FB friend share a link to an article in agreement with “their side” of the opinion. Before you know it, you have found yourself siding with one of the points of view that you have read, without deeply considering your own unique view on the topic. It is even easier to see the lines drawn in the sand as political banter ensues each day that we draw closer to Super Tuesday.
Now I don’t want this post to be a political rant, but I do want you to truly consider what we all have done: lazily reposted, liked or commented on something without fully considering our own hearts and I don’t know… fully investigating the subject at hand.
This is my challenge to you. Turn off the internet (do I sound old?). Go read a book. Go outside. Unplug. Find a friend who doesn’t think like you. Find a ‘not so good of a friend anymore’ person and take them to coffee (try and win them back.) Ask tough questions with no intention of rebuttal. Keep your regurgitated opinion out of it.
Figure out what YOU believe and write it down, then be willing to throw your opinion away if it means reserving your love for another human. At the end of the day, winning a friend is always better than winning a debate.
A fool’s lips walk into a fight, and his mouth invites a beating. A fool’s mouth is his ruin, and his lips are a snare to his soul. The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body. – Proverbs 18:6-8
Now please…share this post all over your social media feeds 😉