In the past couple of weeks I have come across a few incidents in Bloggerville and Twitterland where people have gotten a little catty with one another and for lack of better words a little “bullyish” if you ask me. Someone doesn’t agree with what someone else tweeted or wrote about on their blog and commenced an all out attack against the person. Seriously? I just don’t get it. I consider myself the type of individual who respects that we all have different viewpoints, upbringings, morals, values etc. and although I may not agree with you I don’t feel it is my place to condemn you for decisions you make regarding yourself, your children and your family.
I was born and mostly raised in Washington D.C. I have fond memories of sitting on the stoop with my grandma, or jumping double dutch on my block. There was an unsaid code of conduct that said you never went on anyone else’s block and talked trash or came on their steps starting trouble. It was a respect thing, and I look at blogging the same way. In my opinion people have a right in this world to feel what they feel and if blogging is their outlet of choice they have a right to say what they want on their block/porch if you will. Agreeing to disagree is acceptable, that is what comments are for, but some people just don’t know when to leave well enough alone.
Don’t get me wrong, I have read blog posts that made me want to cringe, but I have a little red x in the upper right hand corner of my screen and I exercise my use of it frequently. It is sad we live in a world overrun with stereotypes, racism, wealth disparities, I need not go on but it is a reality and with that realization I know that I only have control of the things that I say. If I truly want to set an example and make some sort of difference in the lives of my children I have to lead by example, teach them right and rise above the ignorance of this world. I must let my children know what will face them, but I will also teach them there is a sense of respect that we owe others whether we agree with them or not and forcing our beliefs and thoughts on them is not the most effective way of influencing the change needed to change mindsets and improve relationships.
What are your thoughts? I give you permission “this one time” to come on my block and disagree with me.. J/K!!