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  1. Paige says:

    Amen. Good words. Thank you and blessed Holy Day Season to you.

  2. Michael says:

    To you as well, my dear friend…

  3. Babylon's Dread says:

    I just deactivated my major social media account. The plan is to detox and see how life feels. The temptation is to up my presence on for example, Twitter, however one glance tells me that it is far more toxic than others, so that won’t go far.

    Grace and Peace to all

    Merry Christmas Dread

  4. Michael says:

    BD,

    I understand why you would do so…but I also will lament that a voice of reason has left the building…

  5. dusty says:

    much needed reminders big brother, thanks!

  6. Michael says:

    Thank you, Dusty…blessings to you, sis.

  7. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    In the last ten years I felt like I saw a lot of liver by the internet sword, die by the internet sword. If I incrementally and fitfully learned something about myself and people on the internet it’s that there’s a way to argue that an idea is a terrible, damaging idea, even a stupid and potentially evil idea … without automatically (or even ever) taking the extra step that is often the first step in internet polemic, calling a person stupid, terrible and evil. I had a lot of practice … but I had to notice the pattern in myself before dealing with it in others … a little.

  8. Michael says:

    Wenatchee,

    We have to have the will to learn…and the discipline to act on it.
    It’s harder for me than others…I’m a cynical coot…

  9. Dan from Georgia says:

    I no longer do social media. I don’t think I am superior to anybody, and I do miss connecting with people on Facebook, but I can no longer do the dumpster fire of self-importance and politics. I also had to quit another blog when I realized I was only there to argue, and the last straw was when one person couldn’t admit to another person that they considered the other person a brother in the Lord, despite not having voted for the first person’s choice of candidate.

    Yes, for me online interactions were for the most part becoming very toxic. I feel more community here.

  10. Michael says:

    Dan,

    I’m glad you’re still with us.
    It’s a daily effort to preserve that community and not become fashionably toxic…but it’s worth the effort.

  11. Dan from Georgia says:

    Thanks Michael, and I and many others notice your efforts and appreciate the community here!

  12. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    Well said.

    I’ve tried to figure out what it is about social media anonymity that seems to encourage people to speak with absolute authority on a whole range of subjects. Sometimes open ended questions are a better mode for encouraging real discussion…

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