I’ve noticed an awful lot of anger recently.
Especially on social media.
Everyone wants to be seen and heard.
Everyone wants their opinion to matter.
It’s not that they don’t matter or that their opinion doesn’t count but why so vociferous?
Does everyone want or like our opinion?
Does it make us feel important in some way?
We put so much emphasis on telling others our thoughts and opinions that we don’t hear what the other person has to say.
Or to understand how they feel and why they react the way they do.
Because we all have a story – an experience that has helped shape us.
We never know it ALL.
It’s so arrogant to believe that.
If we want to voice our opinion on Facebook – let’s first know the story inside and out.
See the situation from both sides.
Weigh up the whys and the wherefores.
And this belief that a person not agreeing with us means they hate us or are against us.
Everyone is allowed to disagree and still get on.
It’s historically how great decisions have been made.
With argument, discussion and mutual respect.
Respect another persons opinion no matter what you think of it.
“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” –
Evelyn Beatrice Hall
My opinions have changed a lot over the years.
I’m not who I was or what I thought ten or twenty years ago.
My values and expectations have shifted enormously.
I have often been humbled when I have backed down from an argument and finally seen another’s point of view.
When a light bulb has gone off and you realise – you have been wrong all along!
It all may sound a little ‘peace, love and light‘ in the current climate.
But why not spread some love instead of war?
Let’s give it a try.
If only for our own sake.