I learned that some people I considered to be decent human beings are racist scum and I learned that someone I've known my entire life puts more value on professional sports than human life. Real winners here folks, real winners. The big reveal, however, is that I learned that I suffer no fools on social networks, and I feel no loyalty towards people who are toxic. These were mostly people that I don't have much contact with in real life (for good reasons apparently), but I decided history doesn't have to have a stronghold on my future.
For a moment I started drafting a status update to mass post across all my social networks, it went something like this:
- If you are someone who considers yourself to be better than others because of your skin color, national origin, the income bracket you were born into, gender, sexual preference, or any other factor that you have ZERO CONTROL over, kindly get the fuck off my newsfeed. I don't want to know you.
- If you are someone who equates the Tom Brady/Patriots Super Bowl Scandal with what went on at Penn State and Joe Paterno looking the other way while a member of his coaching staff molested children for decades, see the above paragraph. You are delusional, misguided, and I don't feel like being updated on your toxic views is something I'm interested in.
- If you think your religion should give you more rights that other people, you're wrong, go away. You have the freedom of religion, you can believe whatever you want, you don't have the right to force those beliefs on anyone else.
- I'm not limiting your speech, I'm limiting your audience. Say anything you want, just don't expect me to listen to you anymore.
After spending a few moments thinking about everything I was going to say, I decided that instead of telling to GTFO, I would let their words and deeds help me decide which weeds need to be pulled from my flower bed. I'd much rather do the plucking and know exactly why I can't/won't be friends with someone anymore than wonder why someone disappeared off the face of the earth.