I'm sure you can figure out what I'm talking about when I reference the amount of hatred, gloating and down right disturbing comments viewed on social media the past week. Politics aside, it is vital to reflect on what we are putting out there for the world to see. Is your post truly necessary? Are you accomplishing anything by using hateful words? Will you be proud of this post looking back on it in 5 years?
I understand many of us have strong opinions and it is your right to express them. However, is social media the best place to have these discussions? I choose not to post any political beliefs or opinions on my social media channels, both my Miss Idaho and personal accounts. It's too easy for posts and comments to be interpreted the wrong way. The possibility of words spiraling out of control is too high.
On Wednesday, in the heat of it all- I was disgusted as I was scrolling through my social feeds. I sat down with a friend and we had a conversation about it. Face to face. Maintaining civility. This is how conflicting opinions should be handled. In today’s society, it's too easy to hide behind a computer screen. The words you type never have the chance to leave your mouth and be heard by another individual.
How would your words sound out loud?
As we move forward, lead by example and refrain from feeding the negativity. If something upsets you, TALK about. Focus less on the divisions of parties, and more on the fact that we are all Americans. Appreciate that we live in a country of freedoms and respect our right to vote. Whether the election turned out the way you wanted, what we can do now is carry on with the intent to make each day better and our country stronger.