Five things I will remember about my Facebook friends and the 2016 presidential election
Graciousness: I have FB friends who tolerated my postings even though they disagreed. They chose to let my stuff go by the wayside, rather than tell me they think I’m wrong. I also have a couple of FB friends who publicly vowed to respect differing views. I thank my gracious and tolerant friends.
Passion: I have FB friends who are passionate on all sides of the political rhetoric. Their postings exposed me to stuff I would otherwise not have seen. I thank my passionate friends.
Pursuit of honest dialogue: I have a couple of FB friends who sincerely wanted engage in thoughtful dialogue. Some shared other websites and resources. Others were courageous enough to invite public discourse. All good. Many thanks to these friends who still like to talk to people who might have different opinions.
Shared values: I am so glad that I personally know people who share my political, and hence my spiritual, views. Honestly, I sometimes think I am so different from most of the folks I know. I am thankful that I have friends who sometimes think like me. I am not alone.
Some surprises along the way: I admit I assumed things about my friends, particularly when it came to living out one’s professed religious views. I have been profoundly surprised, and sometimes saddened, about what seems to be fundamental disconnect. I don’t know where this one will go. I hope to get over it.