I am starting to feel a bit disheartened about a lot of information, memes and bitching that have been floating around lately on Facebook, email and other places. I hope this doesn’t seem too much like a rant to turn you off to reading it, but please hear me out. This is for your own good and the good of your friends and family. I have spent A LOT of time thinking about this and researching these things.
I’ve seen such things as:
Share this and I’ll share my lotto winnings with you;
Honey and cinnamon are magic cure-alls;
President Obama did this or that;
President Obama and Congress won’t use the new Healthcare system, share to propose the 28th amendment;
A baby, kid or girl was abducted, share this picture to help save them;
If this post gets so many likes, such and such corporation will donate to this cause; Share this and get a free Wal-Mart gift card, Southwest airlines flight, etc.
Share this if you love Jesus, God, want to get to heaven, etc.
Share this if you believe in guns or gun control.
Stop abortion or animal abuse by posting this horrid picture.
Please understand that nearly all of these types of things are false or misleading at best. Many of them have been bogus email forwards that have been around since the beginning of the internet. Sharing something on Facebook will not get laws changed. It is not a valid form of petition (You can visit https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/ to do that. Feel free to share a petition that you support on there though). Sharing something won’t cure cancer, heart disease, etc. Companies will not make donations to a cause just because you posted a picture or shared something. They will also not give you free stuff for doing this either. You aren’t going to get to heaven or be dammed to hell if you do or don’t share something. Nobody will share their lottery winnings with you (in fact, most of these turn out to be scams to get your bank account info). And no animals or unborn babies will be saved by posting anything.
If you say that sharing something raises awareness, then you are partially right. If you care so much for a particular cause, that is great. I can certainly appreciate that. But realize that posting something on Facebook will do next to nothing to help that cause. If you want to cure a disease or social ailment; don’t like a law or lack thereof; or are bitching about how terrible your life is, then get involved; start a charity; make a donation; volunteer; buy a gun; go to church; write a letter to the president or your congressional representative; go to school to learn a new skill; find a new job; etc. Stop sitting on your asses posting this stupid crap, it is a waste of your time and mine and your other friends.
If you feel strongly about something, I implore you do spend 5 minutes and do a bit of research on these things before you post them. If you don’t have the time to do this, then don’t re-post it! I am sure I have probably been guilty of this at some point. But I’m going to make better effort in the future. We need to work together if we want to change our society for the better. So far nothing I’ve seen on Facebook is really accomplishing that. We should collectively start working on this together. If you care to share this, that is great. If you do or don’t, it doesn’t matter to me. Nothing amazing or terrible is going to happen to you either way. I would also recommend that you go back and delete any posts that you have made that are not true (especially concerning health items). Someone’s life may depend on it.
Also be forewarned, if you have missed this and you post one of these things, I will call you out on it and if you continue, I may delete you. In fact I may post this entire thing as a comment on your post.
Thanks for reading. Much love to all of you.