Serious question for the day. Why do we unfollow someone when we have ‘followed’ them for years? Are bloggers that thin skinned at the possibility of dare I say, disagreement, that it is cause for being booted off the island? Really?
There are precious few that I agree with entirely, heck, I don’t even need three fingers to count them, but to write someone off because of certain views, when for years, there has been fine fellowship, accolades tossed around, swapping the joy of things worth considering, and just all around good graces displayed, is well, kind of shallow, even petty.
I know why these things happen. I am well aware of the subject matter, and the uncomfortableness of having to address this or that. But ask yourself: did the thought ever cross your mind WHY I have suggested this or that, or HOW I have arrived at a particular point of view?
Did the thought ever cross your mind that just possibly YOU have not examined all the ramifications of what you hold dear, and the apparent weaknesses or flaws, and that maybe, just maybe, I may be correct? No, we write people off because they challenge our idolized traditions which we mistake for knowledge.
Newsflash: Reams of information, theories, suppositions, and prepositions may have some merit, but without the context of logic, scripture, and facts, are poor excuses for knowledge, and will never stand up to the scrutiny of ultimate truth. Take atheism for example. Falls apart before it puts its pants on.
Still, if I was entirely wrong, what does this say about you when you have heaped praise upon my head for years regarding other things? All of a sudden, you must question your right hand of fellowship because you (or I) have been exposed as uncomfortable? Hmmm. We are such fickle creatures, to turn people on and off like a switch. Says more about you than me.
He likes Obama. Follow. She likes Trump. Unfollow. She likes Billy Graham. Follow. He likes Bill O’Reilly. Unfollow. She can’t explain election. Unfollow. He explains predestination to my liking. Follow. He is an archer. Follow. She hates guns. Unfollow. She eats hamburgers. Follow. He would not hurt a mushroom. Unfollow. He believes in God. Follow. She believes in God. Unfollow. She believes the earth is still. Follow. He believes the world shucks and jives. Unfollow. She believes the moon gets her light from the sun. Follow. He believes the moon is its own light. Unfollow. He believes the antichrist is alive. Follow. She believes the antichrist is a fable. Unfollow. She like dogs. Follow. He hates cats. Unfollow.
See the pattern? Truly we are petty when we reduce our opinions of others to how perfectly they fit in OUR mold. That said, there are legitimate reason why we follow or unfollow. Maybe things get old, stale, or we think we were duped. Sometimes, following leads to uncharted waters. Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to as the good book says: ‘examine yourself,’ and this is a very good idea.