What causes us to surround ourselves with people who like what we like?
2016 is going to be a fairly big year. The reason is the election. I know, I know you’re sick of hearing about it too. Sorry, it isn’t going anywhere.
Oklahoma had its primary two weeks ago today. And I bet a lot of Oklahomans lost Facebook friends that week.
It amazes me how many people, myself included, see a meme or an article plastered all over their news feed and get bent out of shape over it. Freakin politics man, they’re offensive.
I can tell you.
We get SO worked up over who we like as a candidate and why all the other’s, your fave included, are just a bunch of asses (pun intended. What can I say about the Republican party?).
I mean you post a meme or a picture of some kind or hashtag or post an article and I guarantee that you’ll be getting loads of notifications within thirty minutes. Not kidding. I dare you to try it.
Unfortunately I know the outcome because I have made this mistake. Not once, but twice. I promise internet someday I will learn to be more mindful of other’s feelings. Today is not that day.
So did you do it? Lots of people flocked to your post and mentioned how stupid so-and-so is and how they won’t achieve anything. It isn’t like we have very many candidates to choose from.
You can either vote for a clown (Trump), an old man (Sanders), a lying female (Clinton, I mean duh), or the Canadian (Cruz, who else is left?).
Anyway, your candidate clearly sucks, right? Well who cares????
Here’s my telling you bit: We get worked up and SO offended about YOUR selection for a candidate because we don’t like it when people disagree with us! WAH!
Think about it. We don’t like it when we have friends or family who do not see what we see, and the way we handle that is to attack them and make them feel like dirt.
That is why we get offended. I have lost two or three friends (I honestly can’t keep track) because I pointed out the flaws in their choice. Now, I wasn’t trying to be hateful I just do my research and lay out that research down for you. I feel like I am kind of winning when the person’s solution is to delete me as their friend. I mean you feel so strongly about your candidate that you are ending our somewhat friendship? Okay. Clearly we weren’t that good of friends in the first place.
If you’re getting worked up about losing friends over each other’s political stances, then worry no more. If you cannot see them in the store the next day and not say “hello” because you’re mad at them, then delete them anyway. Friendship should be able to support each other’s viewpoints whether on political standpoints or not.
And how childish is it to say, “Well you don’t agree with me and you are arguing with me so <delete> THERE!” You’re doing me the favor of not wasting my time seeing your BS on my Facebook or having to delete you later anyway. Feelings NOT hurt.
I encourage all of you to be mindful of your friends by avoiding posting stupid political stuff. Am I breaking my rule by linking this post to my Facebook? (oh dear). Keep scrolling when you see something you do not agree with. Delete the friends who aren’t really friends already before getting snappy. Don’t be rude to others because you can’t handle how they are thinking. And this advice is for myself too, ladies and gents. I get way too worked up when I see one of my friends being an idiot.
THE WAY TO AVOID POLITICAL IGNORANCE IS TO DO RESEARCH! You wanna win that argument? Research. You wanna know who to vote for? Research. It isn’t that difficult.
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