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.’