I manage several Facebook groups related to the different niches I have worked in. When monitoring these groups, I sometimes struggle to understand why it seems so hard to be kind to one another.
Over the years, I have seen unkind comments being thrown around the internet — especially on social media. Some of these comments would never be made to someone face-to-face. Why is that?
There is a type of dehumanizing going on when we are rude to one another on social media. But what do when gain by arguing with strangers or acquaintances? I honestly don’t understand why that is okay when we cannot see the other person, and they cannot see us.
Most of the time, when I am on Facebook, I find that rude comments are often posted out of fear: Someone will get something more than me! Really, I remember someone saying that life is not a pie; there is enough for everyone.
I honestly believe that one of the reasons we are on earth as a human is the practice and share love. Not just love between two partners or their families. Most of the time, these are situations when love flows easily. What I mean is loving one another as ourselves.
I love the words of Jesus in the Book of John 15:12 (NIV): “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Or the quote in 1 John 4:7 (NIV): “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
Life is so much more freeing when you live from love rather than fear.
Try as I might, I cannot imagine life without love, compassion, and acceptance — living without judgment and self-righteousness. What a beautiful place we would live in.
Maybe if we placed love and kindness first, there would be fewer shootings, fewer drug overdoses, and fewer wars. Maybe we would have more peace, love, and acceptance if we were kinder to each other.
Naturally, I am remembering John Lennon’s song, Imagine:
Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion, tooImagine all the people, Livin’ life in peaceYou may say I’m a dreamer, But I’m not the only one, I hope someday you’ll join us, And the world will be as one