As I watch social media the last few days and post a few of my own thoughts here, as well as a couple of jokes on facebook, something is bothering me.
Why all the name calling? Why do people who are supposedly fighting for tolerance act so intolerant if someone disagrees with them? Why are we so quick to judge someones entire character and life based on a couple of sentences on the internet?
I have had some amazing backlash and arguments go off on the last few posts I have made. Apparently I now hold the title of "bigoted heterosexual libertarian bible thumper" to at least one of my online friends. Oddly enough, I consider myself none of these things. And I hope my black and gay friends who actually know me on a daily face to face basis don't think anything like that of me. If they do, they ought to tell me.
Also odd, the only people I see saying things like this are white and straight. Huh?
The conversation is getting wider. The bible promotes a certain kind of slavery. Do we toss it? The Pyramids were at least partly built by slave labor, do we demand Egypt tear them down? The Nazis ruined a wonderful symbol, do we let them keep it for themselves and toss the history?
Everyone wants it black and white, everyone wants to be right, but our human brains can only hold so much, and the truth is we know very little in the universal scheme of things. We only know what we perceive, and many times our perception and reality are not the same.
Rather than jumping down someones throat for something they said on the internet we should all be asking questions. Why do you say that? What leads you to believe that? Where did you get that from? Could you back that up with more information?
Are we here to learn and grow, or just continue the warring and hatred that our species is known for?