Saturday, July 11, 2020
I will not argue with strangers (or friends) on the internet.
I can't tell you how many times I've recently found myself typing a comment to someone's post on the internet. "Listen, you idiot . . ." is how they usually begin (at least that's the hidden meaning when I literally start with, "With all due respect . . .").
When you think about it, thinking independently of other human beings is impossible. Thinking is social. Everything you think is a response to what someone else has thought and said.
Maybe, instead of like-minded people, we need to start hanging out with like-hearted people? People who are open, have the habit of listening, who are generous, kind, caring, thoughtful . . .
Writer and thinker Alan Jacobs suggests hanging out with people who, when you say something, actually think about it -- rather than just simply reacting.
Reacting. I've been doing a lot of that lately. And, fortunately, hitting the delete button. Time for me to CHOOSE to seek out the people with whom I feel a like-hearted connection.
All the others?
Carpe diem Life,