But when we as adults disagree with a political post, the shape of someone's body, or whether Ryan Lochte was or wasn't robbed, we lose our minds and go on the attack with perfect strangers! No one is expected to agree with what everyone says - that's what makes the world go round, but dang it, why in the world do we start calling people hateful names or threaten to come to their homes and beat them up?
The initial reason that I started using Facebook was to enter sweepstakes. Then I realized there were a zillion authors out there that actually interacted with other readers. Very cool! When I started this Blog, Social Media just seemed like the next step. Within this platform we see verbal attacks from authors to bloggers, political rants that are over the top, or people who don't like curvy women to post pics of themselves. The list goes on and on and on. Facebook even has a page called Mean Insult Quotes with over 11,000 members.
Let's be honest. Most people are not going to start a vicious fight in person due to a disagreement with someone else, but it does happen. If we know that our views cause us to become passionate and crazy, we should do an Austin Powers and zip our lips. That doesn't seem to happen with Social Media. We type, the other person types, we think about typing, and then we're typing and sending again, posting our feelings for all to see. Forgetting that these heinous words depict portraits of our character as surely as if we wrote an autobiography.
We shouldn't care if a person is pink or green, gay or straight, a little person or 7 feet tall, Catholic or Lutheran, curvy or thin. What should matter are our hearts and how we treat each other even when we disagree.
Each person has his or her own personal beliefs, and surely those points of views are not going to change when someone gets cursed out or degraded in print. Some people deal with this by ignoring those posts, others jump on the bandwagon, and a few just get blocked.
But I go back to the first paragraph of this post. We don't want to see our children, friends or family hurt by bullying, right? Bullying any way that it's done is abuse. It's painful, not funny or cute,