Facebook Post: 2018-11-19T16:16:35

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I posted earlier a criticism on voting the party line. I’ve watched and read a lot of things the past eight months during this election cycle. A lot of back and forth. Advertisements for and against. A lot of blatant lies.

But people believed and endorsed those lies. Believed them because they refused to question them. Refused to do the research to verify the claims being made. I don’t doubt it was mostly because the claims made readily supported their world view. Better to lie and feel right than to to be honest and thought wrong.

They endorsed them for similar reasons. “No this advertisement doesn’t actually reflect my personal experiences. No, it contains little to no actual facts supporting its claims, but I feel or wish it was right because I think that’s the way the world should be.”

Right or Left, it turns out many of the people on social media are emotional snowflakes. Peer too closely at the claims being made, question the “facts” one too many times and “Whoosh!”, let it rain. The flames of self-righteousness are applied and down you go. Melted by those who can’t stand the crucible of public scrutiny.


There aren’t two parties. It’s not black and white. Your neighbor is not your enemy. Show me a real parent that does not want to see their children thrive, whatever their race or religion. Show me a real person that does not feel pain when those that they know suffer tribulation. Should you find such examples, ask yourself whether they are the exception, instead of the norm. Better yet, if you have to ask at all, perhaps you had better examine yourself.

Your baseline is everyone is human. Grow from there.

By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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