I have a problem, friends. One that I was not really aware of until today. I am not mature enough to wield the great restraint and responsibility that must come with using social media. When I have an opinion about, or come across a news or satirical image or article that is in line with my own political views, I share it. Naturally. But, in doing so, I now realize that I am likely hurting friends and loved ones who may see things differently than I do. This is a lack of empathy on my part. And for that, I offer my most sincerest apology for anything I may have said, or shared, that might have hurt you.
At no other time in history has humanity wielded power like that of social media. As many of us have come to experience lately, social media can be very easy to become entangled in. Using these tools, in an irresponsible manner, will only further drive wedges between us. The friction that exists in the political climate we now find ourselves living in will only become worse. I don’t want to be a contributor to that. I refuse to be. I need to hold myself above it. I want my use of technology to always be a force for good. I want my use of technology to be something that make’s people’s lives better and not something that brings unhappiness or ill will into it. Yours or my own.
From this point on I will try to restrain myself more and think about how my actions may affect others online. I will still use social media to champion the causes I believe in, but it will not be at the expense of others or what they hold dear to them. Bridging divides through compromise is the only way to move forward here and it is my hope that many of you will be equally willing to do the same with the time you spend on social media. We are all at our best when we are working together.
A big thank you to my wife, Beth, who reminded me of what is truly important here, and who never ceases to amaze me with her kindness and her love.
Thank you for reading!