According to some on Facebook, I am going to hell. Well, they haven’t quite come out and stated that quite that way, but their intentions imply that I am well on my way to hell. The cause of my demise? The refusal to re-post or share posts. You know the posts that I am talking about . . . those posts that state that if you love . . . or care . . . or support . . . or believe in any of the causes that they post you will either re-post or share. If you do not re-post or share you are a myriad of nasty things that will earn you a trip to hell or at least get your toe firmly planted in the pools of fire. At least that is the feeling I get . . . I’m going to hell in a hand basket.
Why? Why am I doomed for hell? Basically because I am not a person who re-posts or share a whole lot of what is posted onto my news feed. Apparently this knocks me off the Facebook pedestal for committing an unforgivable sin. For that I apologize. I did not read the Facebook Member’s Handbook very closely . . . like everyone else I just click on the “accept” button and moved onto the Facebook experience. I should have paid closer attention . . . it is getting a little warm and I see the flames on the horizon.
It is a rare day that I re-post or share what someone else has shared. Especially rare when I am threatened or manipulated in order to re-post or share something. I do not appreciate being threatened or manipulated to repost or share something just to be invited to the party. That is what seems to happen in a lot of the invitations to re-post or share. I do not think that bullying should be allowed, especially in my experience in what is billed as a “social network”. When I am threatened or manipulated it doesn’t feel very sociable.
Let me clear up a few misconceptions.
I am not “too cool” to re-post or share a post. My refusal to re-post or share a post has nothing to do with being cool. The fact of the matter is . . . I have never been “cool” . . . ever. I was always one of those wallflowers in the game of life . . . partly because I was not “cool” and mostly because I am an introvert. Introverts don’t need to be cool as we have our own little party going on in our heads all of the time. So, it is not because I am “too cool” that I choose not to re-post or share a post.
I am patriotic. I do not appreciate my patriotism being questioned because I choose not to re-post or share a post. I participate in each and every election. I pay my taxes. I pray for those who are serving our great nation. I take off all the nationally declared holidays and observances. I fly a flag outside of my house when it calls for the flag to be flown. I say the Pledge of Allegiance and stand for the National Anthem. I do not appreciate having my patriotism questioned and challenged because I choose not to re-post or share a particular post . . . even at the peril of landing in hell. I am patriotic . . . red, white, and blue through and through.
I love Jesus. Just because I choose not to re-post or share some religious post acclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior does not mean that I do not love Jesus. Jesus knows that I love him . . . God, too. I message both all of the time . . . we have conversations all the time . . . we are on speaking terms. Yet for some reason there seems to be those out there who think that if people don’t re-post or share their posts about Jesus and God . . . well, that you don’t love them . . . and, if you don’t love them you’re certainly on your way to hell . . . but, I imagine I will be in good company.
I am not uncaring . . . nor am I unloving. I am not apathetic. I am not callous. I am not mean. I am not racist. I am not homophobic. I am not anti-religion. I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I am not stupid . . . ignorant, maybe, but not stupid. I like to think of myself as a fairly open individual who will listen and think before responding to anyone or anything whether it is on Facebook or not. Thus it is that I do not appreciate being threatened and manipulate by those asking me to re-post or share their post.
As much as I hope that this simple explanation would put an end to the requests I get to re-post or share, I know that it will not be. I know that people will continue to bombard my news feed with requests . . . with threats . . . with manipulation . . . or guilt . . . to re-post and share their posts. Unfortunately . . . it ain’t gonna happen. I like the people I have friended on Facebook and I do not think that it is too sociable to trash their news feeds with a whole bunch of hooey. I like to think of the Golden Rule here . . . do unto others as you would want done to you . . . and, since I do not care for all of that hooey, I sure the heck am not going to pollute their pages with it. Also, I think that people should think for themselves and since a lot of these requests for re-posts and sharing often involve misinformation . . . well, I sure am not going to re-post or share them. Makes me look as stupid and ignorant as those posting them. If I have an opinion I will express it for myself in my own words. Yeah, I know this is Facebook blasphemy just putting me one step closer to the roaring flames of hell . . . oh, well!
Look out, hell . . . here I come! But, I have to admit being this close to hell during the winter in Montana sure keeps one warm.