I know that not everyone is going to agree with everything that I say – and you know what? I’m generally pretty okay with that. I don’t mind having debates with people, I don’t mind discussing different points of view and I certainly don’t mind it when someone expresses to me that they disagree with what I’ve said.
I believe that people can disagree about something and still maintain a professional or personal relationship, but only if each person is respectful to the other.
I am very big on respect and kindness and integrity. I try to treat everyone equally, and I try to be kind and considerate of expressing my opinions – especially when it concerns a controversial subject.
But what I cannot stand is someone who spews hatred, ignorance, and intolerance towards anybody else for whatever reason. I don’t care if your beliefs do not mesh up. What I care about is maintaining a safe zone for everyone to have a respectful, mature discussion on the topic. Insensitivity and a blatant disregard for other people’s feelings and viewpoints are just not okay, and I can’t sit quietly and watch that kind of ugliness spread. It’s not okay to belittle someone, to laugh at them for their beliefs, or to spew intolerance towards ethnic groups or the LGBQT community whilst having a discussion that doesn’t even really pertain to ethnic groups or the LGBQT community.
That’s hatred, and intolerance, and I don’t sit quietly while that happens – especially while it happens on my Facebook page. I will say something, and I will try to explain why a professional, respectful tone is always required. If you can’t maintain that tone when expressing your different opinions on a controversial topic, it’s best if you don’t open your mouth at all – because you will burn many, many bridges.
I’m not about to go into detail on what circumstances prompted this post, because honestly? I’m over that. I do, can, and will cut people out for being hateful, intolerant and rude. Luckily, those qualities are easy to spot and your true colors will always end up showing, once people see through the little façade.