Today, seemingly more than ever, it is easier to make a comment about someone or something almost anonymously and get away with it. Or so we think. We have blogs (like this one) where we can write, rant and rave about our likes and dislikes and social networks where we can not only rant, but comment on others’ posts. Herein lies the dilema. Do we unleash and empower that urge that strikes when we read an absolutely ridiculous post and make a comment on it? Or do we harness our energy and redirect it toward the common good?
There have been numerous times (add emphasis) that I have read a post by someone and found the perfect snide remark to make in response. At other times, I have witnessed people openly bashing an “ex” whatever as though the internet provided safety and there would be no recompense for the deed. Others feel the need to express hurts and longings in their daily posts in order to draw simpathy from any innocent reader. The question is, “Should we yield to every brain fart that we have and give it life?”
People’s responses to asinine postings vary. Those who have a more base nature tend to retaliate quickly without much forethought, while those who have recieved more enlightenment may at least ponder the decision a while longer before acting. Probably the most informed among us would fein disgust at the notion of even being associated with such networks. The answer, I believe, lies in the maturity of each individual. There is an old adage which says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This applies to all, no matter what social or intellectual standing. In other words, think first, act second. Would you want someone making a snide remark on your post? Would you want someone writing “anonymously” about you and your decisions?
If we all followed this principle, the world be a much happier place. In fact, tabloids might even be put out of business! So the next time that urge rises within, ask the question, “Should I post this or not? Would I want someone to post this about me?” Happy Facebooking!