War. Wars start because one idiot doesn't like another idiot. World War One was started after the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated. And yes, I looked that up. It doesn't say who assassinated him though, or even why. Did he not invite someone to a party, did he make fun of some guy on the street, or was it truly a political thing? It doesn't really matter, because I'm not actually going to write about WW I.
I'm just...confused about a different kind of war I'm seeing now. Some people might call it a war of information. Just like most other people, I'm a member of Facebook. And I post things on there once in a while, like this blog. Recently, I've been seeing some people post some really nasty things on there. Not just nasty, but sometimes aimed at other people! People that they have on their friends list! So...now they want a war of words with a friend? I don't understand...
Herman: I think people who eat cheese are stupid! Cheese sucks!
Wally: I actually like cheese. There are all kinds, maybe you just need to try a few different kinds?
Herman: You're a moron, you cheese eating, slimy, communist!
Wally: I just thought you might have gotten some bad cheese, or something?
Herman: Screw you, cheese sleaze!
These are friends? Now obviously this isn't a real conversation on Facebook. You can probably tell because it's just written in red and blue and doesn't even really look like Facebook posts. But you get the idea. And no, there isn't really a fight going on about cheese! At least not that I know of. But it's the general idea. Someone posts their political theory, someone else bad mouths it, and then we have a war of words going on. I don't want to read this stuff! What the hell? I have enough animosity in my own life to keep me occupied, why do I have to read about why Herman hates people who eat cheese? (Wow, here I am back at cheese again...I must be hungry.)
I want to read the pleasant posts. A post about how my niece is doing in collage. See a picture of my friend's horses, or the goat next door! (I actually meant a goat. Some friends live on farms, I didn't really mean an old man. *chuckle*) We're supposed to be friends on here! Now people are getting offended by something someone writes and then the "de-friending" starts.
Wally: I de-friended someone because he called me a cheese sleaze!
Herman: I had to de-friend this cheese eating commie the other day!
For crying out loud! You know, I actually signed up for Facebook to promote my books. And while on here I've made some really good friends, and reunited with some people from way back, too! And for the most part, it's been pretty damned nice! I've even made one, or two business connections for my writing. But enough with the war of words, ok?
Stop the bullshit and let's all be friends again.