For those of you who don’t use Facebook, anyone you allow into the group of people that receives your posts is termed a “friend.” They may be a total stranger, but the term remains. You see their posts, as well. Surprisingly, I have several young people as members of my group, some of whom are former co-workers, and some who are friends of those folks. A couple younger relatives are in the mix, too. One by one, however, I find myself unfollowing them. They can still see my posts if they choose, but I won’t see theirs. As far as I know, there’s no indication on their end that I’ve unfollowed them, unless they notice that I no longer comment on their posts.
It’s not that I don’t like them as individuals; it’s just that I’m growing tired of their lack of wisdom. Although I can tolerate folks who believe differently than I, there needs to be some logical reason for their beliefs. Being open-minded is how we continue to learn as we grow older, but we need to be able to apply what we already know in order to do that. Most of these “kids” (ages 20 to 55 – lol) are above average in intelligence, yet are poster children for the dumbing-down of America. They have been so indoctrinated by their schooling and the main stream media that the things they know have nothing to do with what they believe. Naturally, they can’t see the disconnect.
If you try to discuss something with them, any disagreement raises tired platitudes, false facts, hurt feelings or aroused tempers. I have learned very little from them, and I believe that they’ve learned absolutely NOTHING from me, though one or two seems to consider me a wise old codger. I guess I’m just growing less patient in my old age. Plus, I’m growing tired of trying to explain myself to folks who seem unable to comprehend anything that doesn’t fit heir preconceived world views. I can still message them if I want, and vice-versa, using Facebook’s version of email; I just don’t see their posts. Frankly, it makes my life more peaceful. © 2016