To SHARE used to always have sharing as a positive connotation. It was always something you did for someone to make them feel better.
There was the Sharing Song by Sharon, Lois and Bram that I used to sing with my kindergarten children:
It’s mine, but you can have some
With you I’d like to share it
‘Cause if I share it with you
You’ll have some too.
Since the advent of Facebook, it has become something different altogether. I swear some people have the fastest SHARE button in the world, and it often makes me feel bad that people that I know can be so mean when they are not face-to-face.
It is not as if I don’t share. I love to share funny things – usually aimed at my height, weight or age. I like to share teasing ones. I always share the ones about the one sister that is different aimed at my middle sister, Sally, although there is a family disagreement about which one of us is the ‘most’ different. We have all agreed that Dorothy is the closest to normal! Any that describe my wonderful , kind daughter and granddaughters I hit that SHARE button. I love to share inspirational posts. I shared one yesterday about the power of a smile. I do my honest best to not offend anyone. I used to post some that made fun of Donald Trump until I realized some of my friends were supporters. Then I stopped, because it wouldn’t be funny to them.
My problem with so many that are shared is that they are so mean, and only half (if that) truths.
I think there are three (four for me) things that should be done before hitting that ‘SHARE – in other words – taking off the ‘safety’ !
1)Read the whole thing – not just the titillating heading. Does it really live up to the title
2)Check the facts – there are places to do that
3) Check when it was originally posted – Is it old news?
4) For me -does it demonstrate my Christian faith? I believe “They will know I’m a Christian by my words” If I share a post, they become MY words.
As well my fellow Canadians often share messages written by Americans about American issues and they don’t realize it isn’t Canadian. We have enough problems of our own without taking on those of our neighbour !
I enjoy a debate when it is based on facts and not emotions and insulting words. If that happens on FB, it is someone posting an opinion, and someone else agreeing or disagreeing civilly without putting down anuone with a different view.
I have wanted to say these things for a while, especially the last few days . There have been so many mean, controversial posts lately aimed at our Prime Minister in Canada and at those who don’t agree with the President. I didn’t want to post it on FB because I might rile someone’s feathers. But this is MY blog, and I can say what I think and feel!
The world would be better if everyone was a little kinder.