I couldn't take the ignorance any longer.
People that I know barely made it through high school, suddenly became constitutional experts.
Or political science experts.
Or financial experts.
I figure my real friends will stay in touch. But I just couldn't take it any more.
The racist comments about the president, his wife and daughters.
The anti-gay commentaries.
Those same people quoting the bible.
I can see God rolling his eyes with every meme that was followed by vitriol.
(Not every person who quoted a religious quote did that- I want to clarify. )
People cheating on their spouses.
All the stupid game requests.
Done. Done. Done.
It all started as a fun way to get back in touch with some fantastic people that I haven't seen for years.
Then politics leaked in.
And I was polite.
I was called an ignorant stupid fuck more than once. Because when you think of me, uneducated and ill-informed come to mind? Not. I didn't get C's in high school. Or even college for that matter. Silly, business owning, educated me. Clearly, I have so much to learn about our tax system from someone who can't even file a 1040 EZ on their own.
I have a wide range of real friends- they are smart, they are diverse in their thought. They are real friends. We have fantastic discussions.
But Facebook seems to have become a forum for nuttiness. For spreading rumors (that Ben Stein thing everyone keeps posting is false- as is 90% of the shit people post and repost without confirming).
I'm sad. I will miss some of my virtual friends who made me laugh (Deb and DiAnne) Or old friends who do (Tommy- your posts made me spit my coffee more than once. And Julie- where do you and your husband find those YouTube clips? Mike- you get the best meme award). And even better are the amazing teachers I've gotten back in touch with! They've all played such a huge part in my life-- yes, I was listening all those years ago-- and I am happy to reconnect.
But when my blood is boiling, it's time to call it a day.
I care. Call me silly. I want to have faith in humanity that people can have a rational discussion. I am spoiled because I have that in the real world.
Which is where I should spend my time. I can play Words with Friends on my kindle. I don't need to log into Facebook any more.
So if you want to stay in touch, please stay in touch. With me. For real. As a real friend. Like all the fantastic real friends who helped me out this week.
2013 is a new year. And I will spend it doing only the things that I feel are positive and make the world a better place and me a better person.
There are so many things wrong with the world, that I want to make it my mission to focus on what's right and fixing what is wrong.
Because I am a dreamer and a magic bean buyer. I will not let hatred bring me down.