Online arguments are the bane of all human existence. They are also like a train wreck; no matter how much you know you should look away, sometimes you just can’t stop reading long comment threads of people fighting and debating and laying their dignity on the line.
To my knowledge, approximately zero people have changed their minds due to someone on social media lending a countering opinion. I have read a LOT of online arguments, and not ONCE have I read,
“You know, Steve, all of your statistics and sarcasm have totally changed my outlook on immigration, so I agree with you now. Thanks, friend. ”
Listen, I am all for healthy debate. I am all for freedom of speech. But people: stop yelling at each other online. If you want to post your opinion, fine. I think it’s great that people have an outlet to express themselves, but when I see some of the people I hold SO much respect for get into it on Facebook, even Pastors, I just can’t look at them the same.
People are reading.
People are watching how you’re treating and the way you are talking to others.
So, in attempt to unite us all during a time of intense political division and varying opinions about the circus that is currently happening in our society, I have compiled a list of things upon which we will ALMOST all universally agree.
1. Burning your tongue is terrible
The pain of burning your tongue both as it happens and after it happens is terrible. Once I burnt my tongue on Hot Chocolate the MORNING of Thanksgiving. That is like spraining your ankle the day before the Olympics. I had to go through the whole day barely tasting the food on the biggest day of eating of the whole year. I have never met a person who enjoys having a burnt tongue.
2. It’s so weird when you take a drink of something and it’s not what you
You know what I am talking about. You go to take a huge chug of water and it’s your sister’s Sprite. All of a sudden it’s like the equilibrium of the world is off. You don’t know anything for a moment. There are so many confusing sensations happening.
3. Leaving work on Friday is the best feeling
I love my job. But that sweet freedom of a Friday afternoon exit is an adrenaline rush like no other. It’s a spring day, the sun in shining and you just walked out of work and the weekend awaits you. Tell me you don’t like that.
4. When you unexpectedly run into someone you know at the airport- it feels like worlds are colliding
Traveling is an exciting experience, and people watching during traveling is even more exciting. I have often observed groups of people run into each other unexpectedly at the airport and EVERY TIME it’s like this incredible reunion with shrieks and hugs. Even in “real life” if those people aren’t necessarily close, the airport makes you vulnerable and connects you.
5. People with accents are cool
We are pretty much all intrigued by people with different accents than us. Yesterday I was on the last leg of a five hour drive, and this woman with a thick Irish accent was doing a broadcast on the radio. I couldn’t turn it off. Her voice was so beautiful and different and I hung onto her every word. I also decided I am going to learn to speak with an Irish accent.
6. Your song sounds better on the radio
You might have bought your favorite song on iTunes and listen to it obsessively every waking minute of your life, but when it comes on the radio unexpectedly, it is the best 4 minutes of your life.
7. You probably have googled “Is it normal…”
Maybe you haven’t googled it, but you have thought it
8. Puppy bellies are the world’s best texture
If you disagree with me on this one, please just delete me from your life. But first, find a puppy, 12 weeks or younger, and rub the puppy’s belly. If you still disagree, then for sure delete me.
9. You do really embarrassing things when you’re alone
No need to get into details. You do. And I do, too. I’m the weirdest.
10. You have your opinions because you think they are what’s best.
We all have views and opinions based on what we see is best. We can’t all be right. But we all think we are right.
Chances are, you’re wrong about some things. Chances are, you are also right about some things.
None of us knows it all. None of us is right about everything.
Let’s stop arguing over everything that’s different, and remember that at the end of the day, we all want what’s best and we are all in this together.
Blessings, not chins