"If you can't say something nice, don't say it at all."
I can't tell you how many times I read a post where the author has to say something like, "Please feel free to leave respectful, constructive comments." This is sad. It is sad that a person cannot share his/her opinion on his/her personal website or blog without feeling like they are going to be attacked for his/her beliefs.
Listen...I realize that when you put something out there on the internet, you are opening yourself up to criticism. That is the world we live in. With the click of a button, your words are instantly available to millions of people. Unfortunately some of those millions of people out there have nothing better to do with their time then read articles or posts and then feel the need to bash the author with hateful, cruel words.
"The haters gonna hate" after all, right?
Does it really need to be this way? Do we really have to cringe every time we hit the "publish" button because we are just waiting for the first angry words to come barreling in?
I don't think it has to be this way, but sadly, it will continue to be this way. It will continue to be this way because selfishness and pride run rampant in the world today. As long as people are thinking only of themselves, and are unwilling to work together with people who believe differently then them, the hateful words will continue to flow.
My intent for this post is to just make people stop and think before they lash out in anger, their fingers flying over the keyboard as they spew hateful words.
You don't have to write mean and hateful things to get your point of view across. You can disagree with someone in a respectful way. The words you write are not just words on an empty page. Those words are read by a lot of people. People who have feelings. People who, just like you, feel passionate about their beliefs. Never, ever write a comment in the "heat of the moment." Take a step back, breathe in and out, do some jumping jacks. Release the tension, and dare I say....maybe say a little prayer before you respond? Chances are, you will find that the response that you share will be kinder, more constructive and respectful.
We do not have to agree with each other. Everyone of us is different. We have different backgrounds, different beliefs, different personalities. All those differences make it difficult to get along sometimes, but we can do it, people!! We can do it. Share the love. Say something nice. Be the bigger person.