This goes out to anyone who’s ever read my stuff on Facebook, who’s enjoyed my wry humor, who likes to interact on this wide jungle gym we call social media. I write this, tongue firmly in cheek, because I have a burning desire to lay groundwork in a completely irrelevant medium, to people who may or may not give a gnat’s worth of care to what I’m about to say.
I. Cannot. Take. This.
I cannot stomach the meanness, the intolerance, the anger, the vitriol. On November 9th, in one manner or another, the world turned upside down. In the moments leading up to and since that turn, people are absolutely beating on one another with words.
I can’t stay in the pool, my friends, the water has become toxic.
So my plan for the moment is this:
- Facebook newsfeed is Right. Out. I apologize in advance for missing the baby photos and new cars and houses and promotions and moves. I’m sure they will be lovely.
- Merry unbirthday to everyone! Because I will in all likelihood miss the Facebook love-fest on your special day.
- I will continue to speak (because silence is not the answer) from my other platforms: caryncorbin.com (blog), @caryncorbin (Twitter), caryncorbin (Instagram), many of which feed to my Facebook timeline.
- Facebook Groups and Messenger will stay intact, so I’m available there.
- I make no promises regarding responding to items on my timeline, but maybe.
I’m on the cusp of completing my graduate program, which will free up a significant number of words. We’ll see where they lead. Between now and then, I’m turning towards the hearts and faces that are within arm’s reach, and I’m being very intentional about the inputs and influences I’m allowing this season. My island is smaller.
Until the flip-side, the resolution of the upside down.
In the meantime, be kind.
“When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn’t change the nation, I began to focus on town. I couldn’t change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family.
Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could have indeed changed the world.”
~Unknown Monk, 1100 A.D.