Pressure. Facebook has inserted a new kind of pressure into my social media experience. My family, friends, work associates – well, everyone I interact with – they’re all visiting and mingling in and around my life on a level I embraced wholeheartedly for several years. But I’m beginning to think a wee bit of distance would be beneficial. Healthy, even. You see, I realize, that not everyone embraces the same notion of borders, boundaries, ground rules that I apply to my life, my relationships. That’s okay. But I don’t want to know every thought, every opinion. Feel free to keep secrets from me. Withhold any tidbits of your romantic interludes. Please keep the particulars of certain medical procedures on the QT. And you may certainly file your political opinions in the folder labeled ‘not for public dissemination’. Or ‘think before you verbalize’. When did it become okay to trounce, either physically or verbally, another person because of a difference in opinion about political party or religion, nationality, ethnicity. Politics brings out the worst in us, it seems. And when I view our presidential candidates, I think it also may bring out the worst of us.
So, in an effort to protect you, my dear family, friends, and acquaintances, from any inappropriate reaction I might have to your shared communiques, I am deactivating my FB page. I’m sure this will be a temporary withdrawal of my online presence, a retreat for personal reflection, quiet meditation and evaluation. Many of you wont even notice my departure..
Once the dust has cleared from what has been and will continue to be an embarrassing presidential election, replete with strident candidates, vapid speeches, and absurd pandering devoid of any element of truth, logic or concern about the American people, the economy, immigration, education, healthcare, childcare, housing, crime, aging, poverty, hunger, climate change, racism/prejudice in all its forms and occurrences…well, then I may re-enter the global living room that FB has become. But, at this moment, I need space.
Our government, our country, is in need of our prayers and God’s help. We are all in need of strength, compassion, courage. So, while you may not hear from me, know that I’m thinking of you. You are special to me and dearly, deeply loved. I’m available for personal chats, calls, emails…and, certainly you can find me here in the blogosphere. But do exercise caution in all you say, my dears, because it is, as I’ve said on more than one occasion, a dangerous world. And words have consequences.