I have been pondering this post for quite some time and have held off because I am one hundred percent sure that I am going to offend someone with this post, but oh well, here goes.
Over the past couple of years, as social media has continued to grow so has the willingness of people to judge others and put them down for everything from whether or not a mother breastfeeds her babies to whether or not a young pregnant woman has gained too much weight or not enough. Everyone has an opinion and is more than willing to judge others for their choices.
Recently a photographer in Washington state posted a picture of a young military father dressed in his fatigues holding his newborn baby swaddled in an American flag. I was one who thought the picture was absolutely beautiful. After all, this young father is fighting to preserve this amazing country for his little baby. There were so many people who did not feel the same way. They felt that it was disrespectful of the flag and many were not nice about it. Really? So, having an athlete who has just won a race running around the field with the American flag draped over their sweaty body is ok, but this is not? Really?
I have also seen young mothers post picture of their kids only to be blasted in the comments because their child doesn’t appear to be buckled into their carseat perfectly or their baby is drinking from a bottle and others feel that babies should be breastfed. Then there are those who are body shamed……they are too skinny. They are too fat to be wearing that! People have posted pictures of their beautiful tattoos only to have others tell them what bad people they are because they have a tattoo.
Then there are the incidents when people speak their mind, take a stand on something and because their opinion may not align with others, they are put down and judged for standing up for what they believe in. The last time I checked freedom of speech was still one of our CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. We all have a right to our opinion and we have a right to speak what we believe and what we feel. Others have a right to their opinion too, but we do not have the right to put others down and judge them just because their opinion may differ from ours.
Over the past couple of years I have watched more and more people say horrible things about people on both side of the gun control debate. And then there are politics. Oh my gosh. I tend to lean toward being conservative and more times than not will vote republican, but I am about ready to disown a lot of friends and family who are passing around horrible, horrible Facebook posts about President Obama. HORRIBLE things. I agree that Obama may not be the best president we have ever hard, but some of these “cartoons” and far right Facebook posts are just not right.
We all have a right to our opinion and we all have a right to express that opinion, but why does every little thing have to cause controversy? Why are people so willing to judge others? Why can’t we just respect our differences?
How many people remember Andy Rooney from 60 Minutes? I wonder what people would do to him today if he were still alive?