As long as you agree with me
There is something that has been bothering me lately. A lot. So much so that I can't sleep at night. We have here in America what we like to refer to as "Freedom of speech". With the prevalence of the internet and other influences, this has stretched throughout the world. People are free to speak their minds and share their thoughts.
But I've noticed a severe lack of this going on. No, the government isn't the issue. It's my fellow humans. If you disagree with someone, a lot of people will make it their duty to pester, strongarm, berate, belittle, or whatever it takes to make you agree with them. It's dangerous to share your opinion these days. I have a friend who recently wrote a blog based on an article she found, and she is receiving some very nasty comments and is actually afraid for her safety. All for sharing her opinion. Most of the blog wasn't even about her opinion. It was about the article, but instead of attacking the article, she is being attacked.
Honestly, sometimes I'm afraid to admit that I'm a Christian, that I believe in God and Jesus Christ, his son. People make some very nasty comments about Christians, generalizations based on a very small handful that do no represent the rest of us. Same goes for politics. Heaven forbid you not agree with what the current popular opinion is in America. Don't agree with gay marriage? You're a horrible awful person who doesn't deserve to speak. And dare to suggest that democracy may not always be the answer? Prepare to be hanged. (That may be another blog post, but we'll see if I have the gonads for it.)
I'm not sure what point I'm trying to make here, because I know most of the people reading this blog are not like those people I described above. They're caring, they are happy to respect others' opinions, and they don't shun someone just because they don't see eye-to-eye on everything. So thank you to those people. And the ones who want to berate me and tear me a new one because I don't agree with you? Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to find other blogs where they agree with you 100% all the time. Good luck with that.