No, it's about political posts...
I grew up in the Watts-riot, Vietnam-war-protest, Cold-War era. Needless to say, I've seen passion in politics. Passion can bring about change and unite the public in ways that the news by itself cannot. After all, if you are truly concerned about your children, your grandchildren and the future of the planet, passion can be a catalyst.
However, blind passion without common sense, with only dislike or hatred at its core, can bring about stagnation, as the opposition employs the same. There are two (or more) sides to any political argument. Too often the most important thing to the supporters of a candidate, an elected official or a proposition is to win the election by any means necessary. I'm not idealistic enough to ignore 240 years of mudslinging and dirty politics in this country. However, the Internet and access to the American voter, combined with a new generation of Americans that have grown up with the Internet, have amplified mudslinging to levels never before imagined.
I have been unfollowing people recently on my personal Facebook account, even family members, not because I dislike them or even for their views, but simply because they refuse to do even the simplest fact-checking before they re-post something as long as it supports their agenda. Let me repeat, before they re-post something, meaning they don't often submit original thoughts. This re-posting mania has been the reason the Russians have been so effective at distributing fake news and political lies. There are several fact-checking websites for political statements making the rounds, such as snopes.com and factcheck.org, that will give people as unbiased an opinion about a statement as is possible and it takes only moments.
I'm not saying that all political posts are lies, either. Successful politicians often start with a truth and twist it to suit their purposes. This is why the fact-checking sites will commonly say that a specific claim in a statement or ad is somewhat true but needs context. Remember that end results from statistical analysis can be made to justify any particular view. For example, I saw a post that said that the nine states with the worst poverty levels had one thing in common, that they were all right-to-work states. Okay, so I asked the question, how many of the other 41 states were also right-to-work states? The answer was 25. So being a right-to-work state really didn't make the difference for poverty levels. The statement was literally true, but the implication that right-to-work was the root cause of poverty was incorrect, or at least gravely misunderstood.
I'm asking a few things from my friends and family. First, do a simple fact-check before you re-post or share a political statement. Second, write your own posts on occasion instead of always sharing posts from others. Last, grow a thick skin. Not everyone will agree with you and that doesn't make them bad people, or ignoramuses. It just means they have a brain of their own, and possibly interests that don't line up with yours.
One more thing about passion: just because someone has passion doesn't make them right, as the South found out in the Civil War.
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