The Politics of Family
What do you do when a close family member, someone you have loved your whole life, is the exact polar opposite politically? I mean, pay a visit to their Facebook page and it’s “Trump did this…awesome” or “Obama is a (insert maligning term)” or “Killary did this (insert misogynistic term).” It’s disheartening to see so much hate being shared by a loved one. A friend of mine said, “ There is something about social media that elevates everything.” That’s true because most of the things this person posts on Facebook he would never say to me in person. However, I have also heard people allude to social media not being the truth of a person. For example, “Oh, that’s just how they are on Facebook, Twitter, etc.” Well, I beg to differ. I recently read an article in Oprah Magazine (April 2017), “Your Best Cyberself” by Glennon Doyle Melton. One of Melton’s tips:
“Remember, you are what you post. Integrity means there is not a real-life you and an internet you. The two are one and the same. If you’re not kind on the internet, you’re not kind.”
Therein lies the problem of my original question. What do you do? Sure, posts can be hidden, a person can be unfollowed, comments can be deleted, but how does one handle it in person?
I’m tired. Tired of acting like everything is normal in person, when it’s like World War III on Facebook. Most certainly, people, even family members, can have differing political opinions. Under normal circumstances, families could just go on not discussing the differences of opinion and everything would just be hunky-dory. But the current state of affairs is not normal circumstances. We have a narcissistic, megalomaniac as the leader of our country. A man who cares more about who stares back at him from the mirror than he does about the people of this country, the people of the world.
Our country is being torn apart. Families are being torn apart. Will there be anything left for us to pick up the pieces? I’m beginning to wonder.