I originally posted this to my FB page on January 25:
In these last few months, I've developed a few personal principles about discussing hot-button issues on social media.
1. I don't comment on posts by strangers very often. It is not my duty to correct everyone on the internet I disagree with. There are way too many trolls out there as it is.
2. That means I'm mostly commenting on things said by people I already know and value. And even there, I consider whether the relationship I have with that person could stand up to a robust discussion. If what I have to say might merely offend or hurt that person, I tread carefully and respond patiently.
3. If it's your timeline or home page or original post, you get the last word. That's not me admitting you're right, that's me respecting your space.
4. Finally, when certain people enter the discussion, it's time to leave. Life is too short to spend it butting heads with buttheads.
I spent the time this evening looking it up in order to remind myself of my own rules, for some people are sorely trying my patience.
I only rarely seek to be "friends" with anybody on social media. The people on my friends list are therefore mostly there because they asked me to have that relationship. So, while I respect their opinions and leave them to enjoy them, mostly, I just want to say that I am really sick and tired of being called a racist, unchristian, etc. And I also want to say that there is great house-cleaning coming in the not-too-distant future.
I now return you to your daily outrage.