You know, I really do love Facebook. Getting back in touch with old friends from decades past, chatting with people across the globe, sharing jokes, seeing what everyone had for dinner.
It’s all good, right?
The only problem is, now that I have Facebook, I am finding myself even more judgy than I used to be.
I mean, I’ve always been opinionated. I’ve always had strong ideas. But I used to be able to at least listen to other people’s opinions! I used to be able to think about other points of view.
Back in the old days, I had to actually have a conversation with someone before deciding that I was morally superior to them.
Now? I can pass judgement on family and friends in five seconds, just by looking at the most recent memes. A red paper cup? Let me at ’em! MY view of the red paper cup is the superior view!!!!
Syrian refugees? I just have to scan someone’s quickly written status and I am ready to label them as cold hearted, unloving, mean spirited poopie heads. I am so morally and ethically superior, because I have a different reaction to the immigrant crisis!
Never mind the fact that I know full well that some of the people with whom I disagree are kind, generous, thoughtful and giving. Never mind the fact that I completely understand that each of our individual reactions to events in the world are colored and shaped by our personal experiences.
And never mind the fact that I have never had an actual refugee family knocking on my door and asking for safety.
Facebook lets me instantaneously judge.
Maybe some of the power of this new social media is that it allows us to feel so good about ourselves as we look with scorn at others in our newsfeed.
All I know is that I am not a prophet, or a seer, or a saint. I am not better than the people who come to different conclusions than mine.
And maybe, just maybe, if other people out there can take off those silly black robes and really listen, we’ll all be a little bit safer.