Do you want to poke the bear or be the change? That is what is running through my head. All this political crap going on in my country following the nastiest campaign I can remember.
I have stayed out of all the political rants and comments etc. It has seemed pointless. Speaking up has felt like poking a momma bear who is guarding her cubs. All I will get is attacked.
I don’t want to be attacked. Do you?
So I have stayed silent.
Yesterday I read the email I received Monday from a business associate based in Germany. The Social Ms. They are one of the leaders in content, social and online marketing.
They do not blog about politics. That is not their genre.
So what does their email have to do with politics then?
Apparently, the two have intersected. This is a huge problem. I have not been able to stop thinking about the magnitude of it.
I subscribe to their blog for help with SEO and social media marketing so getting an email from them was not out of the ordinary.
The content of it was.
The title of the email itself?
The Social Media Disaster That Will Need To Be Cleaned Up After The US Election.
What the heck does that mean?
They explained how the election in the United States was creating a global effect called a Filter Bubble.
I read the article they shared to explain what this “filter bubble” was. But I confess, I don’t completely understand.
What I do understand is that the hate filled crap flying around has been growing like a monster and something needs to be done.
I still didn’t know what to do. But I could no longer be silent.
I don’t want to poke the bear. I want to be the change.
How is that done in this hate-filled climate?
Many of us had hopes of all the nastiness going away after the election was completed. Unfortunately, we have been disappointed. After the election, social media was still as full (if not more) of all the ranting and hating and threatening nasty stuff.
It grieves my heart so deeply.
What is something that can be done that will actually make a difference?
We need change.
Good or bad, the next president that was elected is – a change. Donald Trump is a business man and not a politician. That is different. Time will tell if it is a good change or a bad change.
I read a tweet by a non-Trump supporter that expressed the hope that Mr. Trump would be a good president.
The hope! It was a hope.
It was not a declaration.
The tweet also encouraged people to unify by comparing the desire for Trump to fail, to the desire for a pilot to crash a plane you are on. I thought it was wise.
That tweet received many hate responses.
How do we be the change when everyone is so busy ranting and raving and pissing and moaning…
– no one is listening.
How do we get people to listen?
America needs change.
That was the slogan of the former campaign that won the white house. That we needed change. Well, we got change.
Then and now.
Not all the changes are good and not everyone is happy about it.
The nastiness of this last campaign is a bad change.
Many people have valid things to say if people will listen.
But America needs to decide what she wants to be.
– A bunch of spoiled selfish babies crying because they didn’t get their way? (talking to both sides here)
– Or grow up, learn how to share and use our words. Build a bridge.
I want to build a bridge. I want to be the change. Do you?
I want to be loving and kind. But that doesn’t mean I want to be a doormat either.
There is both good and evil in the world. I choose to be on the side of good.
What defines good is apparently what we disagree on. Am I right?
Can we talk? Will anybody listen?
I declare this to be a safe place. Discussion is welcome. Rude, hurtful or vicious comments will be deleted.
What kind of person do YOU want to be?
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