A rambling about how to use facebook:
I’ve been thinking about my desire to use facebook as a platform to ‘preach’ my ideas. I’ve posted a few articles on human rights, women’s issues, LGBT bullying and politics.
Most people use facebook as a way to let other people know what fun and silly things are happening in their lives. Not to bombard them with social issues.
It just occurred to me that I don’t even know who my all facebook friends are. I think they are mostly church people. Too many of them really think that anything not blatantly pro-conservative is a personal attack. That homosexuality is a sin worse than gossip, and maybe murder. That women having autonomy is a slippery slope to death and destruction. And many of them are decent, loving people who want to enjoy life.
I don’t think any of them really want to hurt others so much as they want to be right – just like me.
So, what are my motives for wanting to bring LGBT issues up again?
– to help make this world a safer place for everyone? maybe. I’d like to.
– to declare that I want to be allied with the LGBTI as an identity marker?
– to protest the damage done to me and others by illogical and ideological ideas?
– to be a shit-disturber?
I don’t know. I think parts of all of them. I kinda want to yell at certain people “Stop being so hateful and ignorant!”, but I doubt that will do anything but make me feel superior.
This is the same dilemma I had while a Christian – how can I share anything with other people when I’m such a flawed human being?
My motives will probably always be mixed.
Good thing I’m not male. If I could have preached (and not just ‘exhorted’), the temptation to hold that kind of power over an audience would be hard to give up. And the temptation to use facebook that way is enticing.
But, those issues are what I care about. I can have lots of friends if I only talk about the funny things my kids do, maybe facebook is the place for that and my real friends are for talking about other things with.
Damn, I wish I was someone funny who wanted to make people laugh instead of an annoying know-it-all who wants to tell people what I learned today.