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Wednesday, September 27, 2017


I was doing one of my seldom visits to FB when I read in BLAZING color:

"If you do not support taking a knee, 
I am unfollowing you."

I am not going to tell you what I believe about this NFL sadness, for that is not the focus of this post.

Rather I wonder how will we ever move forward as a People if we reject those who disagree with us?

 I believe America is all about being able to voice our beliefs 

and support (or not support) a legal movement if we so choose.

“I don't agree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” 
- Not Voltaire.

Unfortunately, the quote isn't real — or at least, it's not really Voltaire. 

It comes from a 1906 biography by Evelyn Beatrice Hall, 

in which it was intended to represent a summary of his thinking on free speech issues.

Still I believe mostly in that statement.  

What do you think of unfollowing someone 
for taking an 
opposing opinion to yours?


  1. Shallow. I follow those who don't believe the way I believe. But they have a right to state their opinion. As I have a right not to agree. (Or the right to skip commenting.)

    1. I feel as you do. Sad that we cannot tolerate those who think differently than we do. :-(

  2. I've just been contemplating this question. It so depends. Some opposing views are benign. To protest or not. That's an individual opinion.

    But, if someone is spouting racist views, or misogyny, or violence, then I'm out. My time and attention is limited. Why keep someone in your timeline if all they do is make your blood boil?

    1. I said legal movement: racist attacks, anti-women attacks, and violence are all illegal. Yet, if we surround ourselves with only those who believe as we do, we do not grow or see the world as many do. What shrinks our view of the world shrinks us.

      Thanks for visiting and caring to comment. :-)

  3. Voltaire didn't say that? Awww.

    It used to be that people said words to the effect of "I don't agree with you. Here's what I think..." and nowadays it's more like "You're wrong. Oh, and by the way... you're also a jerk!" Don't you just love open-mindedness?

    And if people don't want to be my friend because I don't always agree with them, I'm better off without 'em anyway!

    1. My feelings exactly, David. But it seems sad that many feel threatened if you do not agree with them. I think many adults have stayed in early adolescence emotionally. Good of you to visit. :-)

    2. Oh, I meant to add an actual quote that fits. This one from Marcus Aurelius: "Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth."

  4. It's sad we are at a place where we have such difficulty listening to each other. For me, emotion can cloud reason sometimes, and I become so angry that I don't want to listen. I don't tend to unfollow someone for different political beliefs since many of my friends think differently from me and I still very much love them. However, I do tend to unfollow people who constantly post accusations and insults about those who tend to share my beliefs. Life is too short for me to spend my time reading assumptions about what a horrible person I am. When discussions devolve to name-calling, I'm out.