A friend of mine texted me tonight that she didn’t even want to socialize with a bunch of her old friends because of the rebel flag controversy that is playing out on Facebook.
“There’s a rebel flag controversy?” I texted back.
She explained that there’s an uproar of people demanding that they have a God-given right to wave the rebel flag. Apparently, this is part of the backlash of the massacre in Charleston. I’m not stupid. I know about the killings. And I’m certainly horrified about them. But, I don’t read much on Facebook anymore, and I don’t really watch the news unless there’s something that I’ve heard about word of mouth. Perhaps I’m weird. I actually don’t care. I just don’t like seeing the bad side of life on a consistent basis. I try to focus on the positive and ingest positive stories and news. It’s part of my treatment for my anxiety and part of my wish to see the world as a sunny, happy place. Now, that I say it, it does seem a bit moronic. But, if I’m going to be a moron, why not be a happy one? At any rate, I didn’t realize that the rebel flag was reliving another controversy on Facebook.
“Why don’t they take away the guns [if his accessories seem to be the problem]?” I asked.
“Yeah, suggest getting rid of the guns, you terrorist-loving pinko commie b*stard,” she replied.
I explained that I don’t read anything on Facebook anymore because it makes me hate everybody I know. Gossip, hate-mongering, mud-slinging, religious intolerance, and gay-bashing homophobia turns my stomach, and I’m quite sick of it. I long for the days when Facebook was new and shiny and everybody was catching up on their past and there were only the people I knew on Facebook. Now, every other post is a paid ad, a gory picture of animal abuse, a political slam or some other inappropriate conversation that would never happen in real life. And that doesn’t even touch the stuff that goes on behind the scenes in Facebook messaging. They say one out of 4 divorces are caused by Facebook now. Facebook has become a heartless vacuum, a sort of no man’s land when it comes to manners and respect of others.
“I don’t read anything on FB anymore. I only read my own crap and post pics of myself. I’m down to liking only me.” I explained with an LOL.
“I’m seriously thinking of deleting my Facebook,” she replied. “I’m so much better than all of them.”
“I love myself,” I answered. And I sent her a selfie just to show how beautiful I really am.
“Perfect!” she answered. “Why I like me so much better than you, and you, especially you.”
Thank you, Facebook. You bring out the best in all of us. Of course, I’ll be posting this on Facebook! Instagram is so much more civilized, but you can’t post a blog there!