We have to be vigilant seekers of truth and not cement ourselves into thinking that there is one simple answer to very complex problems. Likewise, we can’t seduce ourselves to believe everything we read in our news feeds–they are designed to filter out opposing views and ideas.
Now that everyone has access to a microphone, people feel the need to correct other people’s behavior. Just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should.
If someone posted something that you don’t agree with that doesn’t mean you have to be the one to correct them. And it doesn’t mean you have to troll them looking for more holes in their argument. Crafting the perfect spite is a waste of everyone’s time and only makes things worse. It is okay to say, “Thank you. It’s not for me.”
No one will learn from the lesson you are teaching them, especially coming from a position of hostility, resentment and anger.
Better to understand where this person is coming from. How were they raised that lead them to believe in this? What kind of environment are they living that promotes this type of behavior?
Make no mistake: Lacking the courage to stand up, to stand out alone is one thing that I don’t want to discourage. Important is not the same as popular. If we are going to stand for something, we need to say something that is meaningful and important, not what we had for lunch. Better to show what we stand for by example, by sharing our projects and giving generously.
If someone is going to toss garbage your way, let is lie. No need to throw it back in their face. Leave that to the trolls and go back to your work. We are counting on you to make something happen. Don’t lose course.
“The problem with quotes found on the internet is that they are often not true.” – Abraham Lincoln