I feel shocked and upset. I have just unfriended someone on Facebook. This is something I thought I would never do. I thought this was against my core beliefs.
I believe that Facebook is a place for public debate. It’s an open forum where we exchange views. As long as the person isn’t openly threatening, I have always felt that everyone has a right to respond, comment and have their say.
I was recently involved in a discussion where I disagreed with people’s desire to unfriend or block people who were simply rude. I love arguing; to a point. I love the process of debate. I think that’s how we evolve our society. I think that’s how we negotiate our way through the minefield of modern society.
Yet, today, I unfriended someone and removed their contribution to the debate we were having. What’s interesting is that person is an actual friend of mine, not just a Facebook friend. That person is someone I have respected and whose company I have enjoyed.
This post is not about the debate we were having and is not about me scoring points. The nature of the debate is not the point, nor are the views we expressed.
Of course I was upset by the views expressed, but they were not threatening, they were not even personal to me.
I did not take this action simply to advance my political stance, to skew the debate we were having.
I simply reached a point where I found the views unacceptable in a sane society. Yes, a sane society in my judgement, in my worldview.
My views and beliefs are clear and open here and they always will be. I stand for what I believe in, for my core beliefs.
I reached a point where accepting openness of opinion is not enough any more. We need to stand up for what we believe and I felt that continuing the discussion was not going to achieve that. I had to stop it and cut off the opinion I so objected to.
I don’t know if this is the way to do it. I don’t know if I just felt inadequate in responding. But I don’t think so.
I talk, here in Graham Reid Phoenix, about men standing up for what they believe in. Well that’s what I believe I did. That’s what I will continue to do.
My views and beliefs are clear and open here and they always will be.
I stand for what I believe in, for my core beliefs.