Forgive me for the foul language you are about to experience.
In light of all of the politically charged bullshit spamming my Facebook (and reddit, which I’m also quitting), I’ve decided to step away from the masses. Does blogging count as the masses? Oh well.
It feels like very few people choose to be respectful, or to engage with the purpose of having a back and forth, meaningful and possibly educational or enlightening conversation. I admit I’m not completely innocent about not starting things, but I do so with the intent and hope that someone will speak to me as I do with them: respectfully share my opinion, present facts if necessary, and apologize when wrong. Gods, is that so hard?
I do know it’s partially my fault for poking the bear that’s already enraged. Perhaps I’m naive, or perhaps I just enjoy debating. Perhaps I’m just a hopeful idiot thinking people on the internet, who can hide behind anonymity and/or sit far away from consequences, might play nice while talking about an emotionally charged topic.
But then it goes back to “why can’t people just respect one another”? But then it goes back to “why can’t I just bite my tongue”? Much to my dismay, I can’t (and won’t) bite my tongue when I see bullshit like this happening.
The problem isn’t Trump, or Hillary… it’s the assholes. The ones who wreak havoc on the streets during what should be a peaceful protest. The ones who call people names based solely on who they voted for. The ones who bully the children of public figures simply for even daring to be related to a particular person.
Don’t even get me started on that last one. Oh, that last one…
When a grown man responds to an article saying that “we should leave kids (this one out was specifically talking about Barron Trump) of political shittiness and respect them”, with “there aren’t many children I would punch in the face upon meeting. This guy however…” it gets my blood fucking boiling.
I called him out on it, and he did delete the comment to his credit. Then posted an article about how the Obama children were also bullied. So apparently, he found the bullying of the Obama children so abhorrent that he decided to take it out on Trump’s kid? I called him out on that again, asking why he would want to punch a 10 year old child who has done nothing wrong.
Silence for several hours.
And then proceeded to wonder out loud why I had so much animosity for him despite having never met him… and then blocked me. He’s an expert at deflection, apparently, but not in human decency. Good riddance, but holy mother of all that is holy–my blood has been boiling since.
When you preach peace and love, and about how awful Trump and his supporters are because he and they are all hateful bigots and blah blah blah then talk about how you, as a grown man, would punch an innocent 10 year old child in the face? That’s so fucking wrong and so god damn hypocritical that my head might just explode.
Some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the blessing of knowing voted for Trump, and some of the most hateful, despicable people voted for Hillary. The opposite is also very, very true. I don’t give a flying fuck who you voted for; your vote’s recipient doesn’t change who you are, or dictate how you act, or treat your fellow human being. It isn’t the candidate that’s the issue, it’s the extremists on either side.
Anyway, the encounter with this person was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Even though he blocked me and I could go on tra-la-laing as I have been, it won’t stop the hate from other people cramping up my news feed. It won’t stop me from poking my nose in business that just stresses me out all day, even if I feel I’m in the right. It never feels like that during since it gets my heart rate going in a bad way. The only way to stop all that is to step away, and that’s what I’ll be doing.
I’ll be focusing on my family (husband, two cats, and one incoming kitten… more on that next time 😉 ), and the beautiful area of the Earth that I’ve been blessed to inhabit, and have yet to explore. I’ll still blog, and I’ll still be on Instagram (since the feed is very easily customizable) but Facebook and reddit need to get the fuck out of my life. 😆
So, goodbye Facebook, goodbye reddit; my two favourite places on the internet. It was fun, but it just ain’t no more.