Week 1

 

It has been one week.

For some of you, it’s the week your country started heading in a better direction. For others, it’s the week that everything you care about went to hell in a hand basket.

We are living in a world where truth is debated and facts can be alternative.

A long time ago a priest said to me that feelings are neither right nor wrong..they just are.

I couldn’t agree more.

But feeling you are right about what is happening in our country and whoever doesn’t agree with you is wrong, is a great way to have a long, lonely four years.

Too many of us are taking our puffed up feelings of righteousness to Facebook, acting shocked when people don’t agree with us. For those of you whose fingers catch fire, anxious to comment on your friend’s idiotic post, I suggest a healthy helping of the backspace button on your keyboard before you unleash your wise rebuttal.

Did you not just live through the same election as me? There will be no conversion. I don’t know about you but I had some ugly fights in my extended family. Ugly.

Many of us are beyond disagreeing. We are officially divided. A divided land breeds distrust, dislike and disappointment in people we’ve known a long time.

It’s sad. But it’s a reality.

It’s also a good time to remember the word liberty. My favorite definition of it is the power of choice.

That is what we are seeing people do. Exercising liberty by going to the inauguration. By Marching in Atlanta and Washington and around the country and the world. Some are choosing to take a stand, some are choosing to kick back and celebrate. Having that choice is what makes us lucky to be Americans.

You know what I’m going to do?  I will do what I believe is right for my family and my country and I don’t care if you agree with me.

I think the best we can do right now is try to respect each other’s right…to be wrong.

Next time you decide all of us on Facebook need to understand how right you are, I suggest you remember these words from Mark Twain, a man so good at gutting us in the name of truth. His advice?

 ‘Never ague with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.’

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30 comments on “Week 1
  1. Lenny says:

    Ha! Too bad I never visited the Mark Twain House when I lived in Hartford.

  2. Bryan Hendrix says:

    I don’t disagree with your point about opinions but I do feel a responsibility to counter the fake news stories that are shared without scrutiny (Michelle Obama’s mother is getting a pension for babysitting at the White House; John Lewis hasn’t paid his taxes). I feel like the onlookers should be given the option of considering the facts. I do believe that insisting on fact based information can eventually make a difference.

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Bryan, as a fan of facts, I agree. Sadly, most of my FB feed is filled with wretched disagreement over each new development that then spirals. It seems to me that each side has embraced ‘facts’ which the other side thinks is bologny. I think the good news for all of us is that our actions will speak louder than our FB posts.

  3. Susan Decrescenzo says:

    I love that quote about Liberty. And I’ve used the last one, “fools arguing” a lot lately. I do feel that the 5th Estate is under attack. However, maybe we can all learn from this.

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Thanks, Susan. Another favorite Twain quote of mine that I’m thinking of a lot these days is, ‘Never argue with stupid people, they will draw you down to their level and then beat you with experience.’ Ha!

  4. Nicole says:

    I’ve never heard the Mark Twain quote, but I love it!

  5. LLD says:

    Nice Jaye ! Llet us all remember including myself.

  6. So happy to have this forum to read your updates. Fasting from FB for a week (at least) to break my habit of incessant checking and letting the feed flow through my brain. Love my liberties and so grateful for them each & every day. More time to pray for Monsignor’s recovery and return to glorious health & energy 🙂 Love to you – keep on writing and sharing!

    • P.S. I thought it was going to be about week one of your new gig and some bug appearances. That’s how politically unplugged I am 🙂

    • Jaye Watson says:

      You’re so smart. I’m probably in dire need of a technology break. I know my husband thinks so! Monsignor has been in my prayers. I just know he won’t let this keep him waylaid for very long. Love to you….

  7. Frazier Hollis says:

    Jaye…I enjoyed your comments of 1/27/17. Some of them I placed on my “on going” list of comments to read again.

    Since I don’t know you personally, I have no basis for my feelings about your departure from the channel 11 news team….as you said “they just are”. However, you are missed! After seeing and hearing you over the years, I always felt as if your talents were never properly utilized at the station.

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Frazier, thank you so much. Here’s the weird thing about my job — I don’t know you either but my relationships with the viewers was very real..just in a different way. So, in that vein, I miss you too. I’ll be back on air next week for a story — and I can never stop doing my blogs (AKA my sanity), so I will probably do video versions sometimes. Thank you for reading and watching me….

  8. nanci*bubbles says:

    miss you on telly; grateful for your ever-so-wise assessment.
    personally, have had to scale back IMMENSELY to preserve my
    sanity!

    thanking you for your continued LOVE OF MANKIND

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Bubbles my love, I’m with you. When I worry about my sanity, I know it’s time to get off FB and play with my kids and my dog and my husband. Love you and your heart. xx

  9. Nancy Jo McDaniel says:

    WELL SAID, Jaye!!!!!! I LOVE WHAT YOU SAID and hope everyone reads it!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!! XOXOXO

  10. Richard Crabbe says:

    Are you going to be the new Andy Rooney?

  11. Gail Sanders Walrath says:

    As always, Jaye, you share wisdom beyond your years. Our liberty to hold different life views is a Godsend, a right so many people do not have in this world.

    I have refrained from discussing politics on FaceBook because my followers are my friends, many I have known from my earliest memories. Amazingly, most of us share the same values and even political views, yet I love each of my friends for who they are. They all are grown adults, unique and smart as the dickens. What I admire the most about them is their ability to love–to love their spouses, their children,their friends, their fur-babies and themselves.

    When I lost my husband this past July, my friends saw my shattered heart and continue to reach out to me. Two of them, who are my political polar opposites, dropped what they were doing and drove hundreds of miles to hold my hand. They are good, kind people. Why would I ever want to change who they are or what they believe? Their views are just as thought-out and embraced as mine are embraced

    As my wise father who had an eight-grade education once asked me, “Why do folks want everyone to think as they do? We are all citizens here in this great country and have the rights to free speech and to our opinions. If we all thought alike, wouldn’t we be boring people; wouldn’t that be more like a Communist country where those with opposing views to the dictator are shot for speaking up?”

    I have watched the political dialogue and have watched as families and friends become totally divided, even hateful, over their different views, some permanently. Is it that important to feel right? Look at all the religious views we have under Christianity. They are different, but each of those views point to God. It is the same, for the most part, in politics. Those divided views lead to love of our country.

    My advice, if one must vent, is to set up a Twitter Account. It’s a great way to share views while remaining as anonymous as you choose to be. Save Facebook and personal communications by agreeing to disagree. My final advice is to give everyone the space they need right now to heal or to rejoice. We should thank God that we live in such an amazingly wonderful country that has room for all views.

    • Jaye Watson says:

      You’re the wise one. My heart hurt over your loss of your Burt and I didn’t even know him, but I felt like I did, through you. I’m happy to see you engaging with us again. And Twitter is good advice. Sometimes you just have to let it out…. Peace. Be well.

  12. Angela Wilson says:

    Well said. I hope your new job is going well.

  13. Nancy says:

    I was very upset yesterday with your opinion piece on Atlanta Alive. I don’t watch the news in the morning to hear that your FB is filled with people who disagree. I think when you quoted your priest, I was most put off. This blog is the forum for your opinion piece. If you have followers who are interested in your opinion they can follow you here. All families, if responsible are doing, “What is right for their families.” It is my hope that all people can come together and
    adjust to these changes. They come like rapid fire, but we will be fine. I hope that the shows producers realize that your opinion is not what we watch Chesley for each morning.

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Nancy, thank you for taking the time to write me. I’ve shared my essays many times on the news and I know, just as we are all different, that not everyone will agree with me. My faith is a part of my life and referring to my priest as part of a discussion that wasn’t actually about God was simply being truthful in making a larger point of our disagreements that are dividing us right now. I love watching my dear friend Chesley, too. He’s the best! Take care.

  14. Kay Petzelt says:

    I ran across this when one of my friends posted it on FB and I couldn’t agree with you more! Glad to have a forum where I can still feel connected with you. You are such an amazing teller of stories and I really miss seeing you on Chanel 11 every morning!

    • Jaye Watson says:

      Thank you, Kay. I miss all of you, too! I will be back on 11 Alive several times over the next several weeks so I look forward to seeing you. Thank you for reading…

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