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Mums the Word


I made a decision that today would be a day of rest…from the craziness on Facebook. No, I did go online…..I did. But I posted my desire to share only good positive things today.pageI got 3 likes and my husband made a comment. And that was that.

So either no one did anything good for making the world a better place or they don’t care to share it. There is one more option: they don’t care about nice things.

Oh sure videos about cats and dogs are good. Tons of them on Facebook. The better to avoid the rest of the stuff I suppose because the rest of the stuff really really is bothersome.

There are so many more posts about things that really truly irk people: noise on the street, being pulled over by a cop, traffic jams, children crossing the southern border of the United States, the recent Hobby Lobby decision, the war in Gaza….lots and lots of stuff on my Facebook feed.

And the shame of it is that all it is is mud. I will throw my mud. You will throw your mud. I will try to duck but I will get dirty and so will you.mud-throwing

So today, I decided no mud. I read…and I formed my response in my head…..but I did not write a word.

In a way, it is pointless. No one truly is swayed when they are so far over on the spectrum that it is amazing they even respond with words that are polite. All we are doing is throwing the mud.

Does anyone think calmly posting opposing viewpoints helps at all? Is the world a smaller place when we appear to be trying to understand each other?

Mums the Word….for the rest of today anyway.CathleenBradleyMumsTheWord

P.S. I’m cheating by posting this blog since it goes on Facebook. LOL




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8 thoughts on “Mums the Word

  1. I hate to mention this revelation I’ve had on WordPress, but the “likes” you get aren’t because anyone “liked” it. It’s to advertise their own blog. I realized that “likes” on WordPress (for the most part) are accomplished without anyone reading your blog – at all. Also the same with “followers.”

    Be content with the “real friends” you’ve made here, and on Facebook – and you’ll be much happier.

    • I caught on to that issue a few years ago. But by searching for other blogs with a topic similar to my own on a given day I have discovered many and added some as a subscriber. Trying to remember how I found you since I don;t remember writing on a subject similar to what you cover but it could have been something related to “music” I’m guessing. Glad I played that angle, though as you add something to my awareness that I rarely considered.

      • I try to dole out info from my blog – in tiny bits. I hope that those tiny bits – seed properly.

        • Sometimes what you write resonates, other times it is more of a challenge. I posted something about the origin of people on earth and the response was positive…so your teaching (and others?) is more widespread than you might assume

          • It’s unfortunate that what I know about, not believe, is often agreed with – behind closed doors. And, privately. Not in a crowd, or even in a small group.

            People seem to need permission to agree with me. Either from their spouses, their religious leaders – or their mothers.

            Sad. Very few can think for themselves. They need to make a survey, see who aligns, then think about it some more, then kind of agree, then realize that others may judge them, then go underground and rarely speak of it again.

            • Well, I can understand that. I am often out of step with my husband, the scientist. LOL Certainly was out of step with my parents.

  2. Perhaps that’s just one reason I quit FaceBook. Far too many better things to be doing than engaging in the mudslinging or talking past each other. Liked the shot of Graham at work on the eggs, though! 😀

    • It just really bothers me that some people post links to stuff they consider hard news when anyone who has ever taken a journalism class can identify it within the first 2 sentences as an editorial essay. Very few what who why when where and how. And yet, people buy it because it resonates with something-either looking to blame the situation and this is easy. No, people, it is NOT easy to fix. VERY easy to sling mud.

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