I can say whatever I want on Facebook, but you can’t

Facebook is not good for much of anything. One thing it is good for is social observation. You don’t actually have to be around people to observe their behavior. This is particularly great for people like me who love to observe human behavior but don’t love actually being around them. The downside: you are left painfully aware of just how prevalent human flaws truly are.

The most dangerous and disgusting kind of discourse I observe on a fairly regular basis is discourse lacking logic. It is seriously everywhere. Just the other day, one of my very proud and loud conservative and recently converted catholic friends decided that people shouldn’t compare catholic priests and Jerry Sandusky. Anybody who does so is “supporting a pedophile.” Duh. Despite several protests against this reasoning, conservo-catholic still felt certain that any comparison between Jerry Sandusky and Catholic Priests was a direct defense of pedophilia. Duh.

The thought process was incredibly flawed, there is absolutely no denying it. Any effort to put the line of logic into any sort of logical proof would fail quickly and obviously. Yet, several friends and family members continued to “like” his nonsensical posts, thus rewarding his ignorant behavior.

The best part is that, despite my deactivating my account several days ago, I was still brought up very early in the conversation. Since I share my opinion and then support it with facts, I’m a pretentious egomaniac. I don’t know the details of a response post, but it was along the lines of “Careful, [conservative friend], you’re only inviting [me] to educate you,” implying that I shouldn’t share my opinion and I absolutely should not share the facts I considered to come to my opinion. That would be uncalled for. That would be so much worse than sharing my opinion without supporting it with any facts.

Not only does Facebook allow uneducated and ignorant discourse, it often times encourages it. As we’ve seen throughout the ages (if you’re into learning from history, that is), knowledge is not necessary to propel an ideology; only enough people to adopt it. This can be seen in slavery, segregation, oppression of women, shock therapy, and a handful of other formerly popular theories that turned out to be insanely wrong. The same is true of Facebook: How many people pass on information without having any idea whether or not it’s true? How many people repost pictures because they might go to hell if they don’t? Most importantly, how can any of this ever change if the status quo is “pass it on if you agree?”

When are facts going to play a role in the modern American‘s ideology? When will people take the Bible‘s advice, let go of their pride, and be open to and grateful for new information, especially if it goes against your currently held beliefs? Why doesn’t public education teach people to do this? Thinking critically about your opinions and the opinions of others should be a regular process of everybody’s life; it is how problems get solved and difficult questions get answered.

I know it’s only Facebook, but you and I both know that Facebook’s influence on Americans is way more significant than the influence of novels or knowledge. I’m not saying it’s ruining America, but it might not be helping anything.


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