“Whatever is produced in haste goes hastily to waste.
Post a meme affirming your worldview, and move on… but now what?
I have experienced with increasing dissatisfaction the poor ability of the American people to engage in civil discourse. Before I continue my rant and point fingers at the rest of society, I will confess that it was not very long ago when I was in the exact predicament. That is, why learn how to defend one’s position when it is infinitely less difficult to post a meme? “Victory is mine!” to unintentionally quote Stewie.
If a meme is worth a thousand words there may be nothing left to say, but when a disagreeing friend poses a question, the lack of defense offered either suggests one’s inability or unwillingness to venture beyond his or her post. “Um, I don’t know… I didn’t prepare a rebuttal, the meme was supposed to do that for me.”
To be fair, though I hesitate to grant the point, Facebook is not real life. What one gets away with on Facebook, they should be discouraged from practicing at work, school, home, etc. When racism gets ugly in the South, how do you handle the pain and chaos? Post a meme, of course.
“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.”
– Alfred Adler
Diversity, tolerance, free speech, open-minded… Most people are willing to use these terms, but not all know how to put them into practice. For me, again, I’m new to this as well, the more I practice friendly speech with my opponents on Facebook, the better I am at having thought-provoking conversations in front of blood pumping, breathing human beings.
“A heart that understands what is right looks for knowledge.
But the mouths of foolish people feed on what is foolish.”
– Proverbs 15:14
Please, please listen to others. Please ask them questions about their worldviews. I’ve been guilty of assuming I knew a person, when in fact I learned a surprise or two. If we cannot learn to listen to one another we will fail to understand each other, and the bigotry will continue on all fronts.
“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan
We have to learn to listen to one another.