I was out last night with a couple friends. We make it a point of getting together on a semi regular basis to catch up. We share laughs over a meal and discuss everything under the sun. The topics range from light to heavy.
There are times when we agree and times when we agree to disagree. We don't shove our opinions down each others throats, try to change each other's views, or go away angry. We listen to each other, lift each other up, and are respectful at all times. I'd even say that our friendship strengthens each time we get together.
Later that evening, I was on Facebook and a post in particular caught my eye. In a nutshell, an acquaintance stated that if the reader did not espouse the same political view as himself, to unfriend him. My first reaction was to brush it off as silly and ignore it.
When I thought on it a little more, I looked at it from a different perspective. I had been posting video clips of various late night show hosts poking fun at this dreadful candidate. Maybe my posts and other people's were getting to him and this was a polite-ish way of him saying he doesn't want to see these feeds anymore and is rethinking remaining "friends" as a result. Well, fair enough, I can respect that. So, I unfriended him. In my mind, no harm, no foul. We are all entitled to our opinions. Live and let live. Did I mention I barely know this person?
Within a very short period of time, I received a message from him, calling me out for unfriending him and berating me on it. Clearly he was in a bit of a snit over it and asked that I return some items of his as a result. Okay...I found it childish, but to each his own I guess. Did I mention it was about 1:00 am in the morning? That's a whole lot of negative energy being unleashed in the wee hours.
The following day I received a nasty-gram from the same person. Apparently the gloves are now off and I have committed the highly treasonous act of not catering to his ego. I'm paraphrasing of course, but that's pretty much the gist of it.
So here's the thing. When you issue those kinds of ultimatums over social media, you don't get to be surprised or offended when people take you up on it. Also, repeatedly using the words 'murderer' in an exchange with someone you barely know about someone you don't know at all on a personal basis is a little over the top. I think a little perspective is in order here. Actually I think more like a truck load of perspective is in order.
It's Facebook. Lighten up. Or don't. Either way,bringing that kind of crazy/hate to my front door is not welcomed. Ever. I don't deal with bullies, regardless of who they are, so you'll have to find someone else to argue with. I'm too busy being happy.
Hi! I'm Chris, an empty nester living in Montreal and making the most of this stage in my life. I love cooking for friends and family, DIY projects, decorating and writing.