I decided to quit Facebook four days ago.
Part of the reason was that I was annoyed at myself for constantly sharing opinions and rants that changed nothing.
We all have opinions and ideas about what we think is right and wrong. There’s nothing “wrong” with sharing your opinions, it’s just that it doesn’t really matter.
It’s so easy to get all worked up about something and write a comment, tweet or post and feel like we “did something,” when in fact we did nothing except add to the noise.
There’s already so much noise pollution online. So much arguing about things that don’t really matter. And for what? What is the point of it all?
For example, I think socialism is a dangerous and destructive idea. I don’t like it and I like to argue why it’s so bad. I also think college is a scam for the most part. And I think it’s crazy that there are whole segments of Christianity who ignore the supernatural realm and think miracles, signs and wonders have “passed away.”
I could go on and on regarding issues I have strong opinions on. But guess what? I have not done anything significant to really combat socialism. Or save teenagers from the massive burden of debt that college brings. Or been a voice in the church for the supernatural power of God.
I have to be honest about this stuff. We all do. Think of the issues you’re most “passionate” about. The things that really get your blood to boil, and ask yourself, “What have you really done about it?”
And “posting something online” doesn’t really count. I mean maybe it does the same way that if a butterfly flaps it’s wings it create a hurricane on the other side of the world or something. But for the most part I think there’s a lot of wing flapping happening and not many hurricanes.
So where am I going with all of this?
My point is to get us thinking about where we actually have influence. What could we actually do to make a difference, even if that difference was small.
For example, I have had several people email me asking for advice about making a living as a freelance copywriter. It’s not something that “gets my blood boiling” and I assure you that there will be no talking heads on Fox News arguing about this topic.
But it’s something I could actually help with. Another area has to do with drug addiction. I used to be a bad cocaine addict and alcoholic. Now I’m not. I have a great marriage and three kids and I’ve been clean and sober for 12 years. So people ask me questions about this.
So could it be that the areas we may have the most influence and impact on may not be the same areas we have such strong opinions about? It’s a thought worthy of consideration.