I have had enough. I deactivated my Facebook account today. I’ve been thinking about it seriously since the summer. Although there are people on there that I love to follow, I just can’t do it anymore. No matter how many people you unfollow or hide or block, some angry idiot always finds you to slap you in the face when you post.
I’m not the only one. My sister left Facebook the day after the election, and my friend Nancy has been on and off of it regularly. I had minimized my friends list to people that I would call my real friends – you know, the ones who actually have interacted with me instead of just stalking me on Facebook so they can talk about me behind my back.
I’ve tried to focus on going to pages that inspire me and post uplifting and positive messages, but the trolls rip those people apart. I come away angry and disillusioned all over again. What has happened to people? It appears that the world has given way to the 7 deadliest sins: greed, lust, pride, wrath, envy, gluttony and sloth. I’m not going to provide the proof because I just did a yoga practice on stillness, and I don’t want to get riled up again. Jesus has to be shaking his head.
I actually don’t believe anything has happened to people. It’s always been this way, and hateful thoughts were just well hidden. With very little interaction where people felt free to speak their minds, we really didn’t know anything about others except the shiny, polished exterior. One of the reasons I love recovery is that I’m around people who don’t hide behind that polished image of who they want to be or even worse – who they think they SHOULD be. But they don’t just show their ugliness, they are on a path to get their insides to match their outsides. We need to have an election recovery group.
I’m going to focus on Instagram. I may even try Snapchat. Perhaps I’ll learn how to use Pinterest to share my blog. One of the main reasons that I stayed on Facebook was to share my blog, but it’s just not worth it anymore. My attitude is being affected, and I’m going to make a choice to hang out in places where people don’t feel the need to insult people.
When I was growing up, Momma was insistent that I would become who I hung out with. She was right. I find myself turning into the worst of the offenders. Luckily, I restrain myself from actually typing what I really want to say, but then I have to eat those words. And when I eat nasty, unkind, angry words, it makes me sick. You are what you eat.
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I’ve also fallen in love with the integrity and wisdom of Dan Rather. He has a website with all kinds of content that is inspiring, interesting and thought-provoking.
And I think I’m going to subscribe to the New York Times and limit my news consumption to a few unbiased news outlets. I know which ones are credible and which ones are marketing to a certain group. Besides I like good writing. I grew up in a newspaper family. While all news has some inherent bias, there are some out there that are pure propaganda. I am making a conscious choice to ignore those.
I’m going to have to create some new habits. But I’m sort of excited about it. I want to get back to a world where I’m steeped in the integrity of intelligent and compassionate people. In AA, they say that you should seek out people who have what you want. I certainly don’t want what I’m seeing on Facebook. They can have that. Karma is real.