Goodbye, old friends, people I have known for many years…. or fewer than many, but still not a few.
In this new polarized world of ours we have all seen friend fall by the wayside, some horrified by how we think. Others horrified by how they believe we think.
We’ve also made choices ourselves, to leave friendships.
As the late Rodney King once asked, plaintively, “Can’t we all get along?” and the answer is, “No. Not any more. We can’t.”
When push came to shove this past election, our very deepest feelings about how we treat others as a society were probed and stimulated. Many of us simply had to speak out.
In the speaking out we found there was no common ground with some of our friends.
Led by the lunatic now in the Oval, by Russian Facebook ads, by Faux News talking points, we became increasingly polarized. Choices were made.
I watched a couple long-term friends disengage from my Facebook page and my blog. Friends I thought would be with me through thick and thin. One who called himself my biggest supporter. Gone. Poof.
I’ve watched their social media feeds as they ignore the issues of the day and post about mundane daily life. Or they post things akin to “there are bad people on both sides.”
That is, of course, their right and privilege.
But it gave me an opportunity to choose, too. Because when push came to shove, these were revelations about how they really think.
So goodbye old friends. It was lovely while it lasted.
And welcome, new friends! I am thrilled to know so many members of the Generosity Revolution. So many caring people who are concerned about making a better world for everyone. I am stimulated by the warm, articulate and intelligent posts I see on these new friends’ social media fees.
Hello, new friends! I look forward to meeting some of you in person one day.
Because when push comes to shove? We got important things in common.