fake news??

Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I was struck with how many posts and opinions are rooted in untruths. The turmoil that is happening in our country goes far beyond differing political views, but is more of a grudge match fueled by never-ending memes, commentary and misleading to outright slandering, posts.

Literally everywhere.

This morning someone had posted an image of a leader serving, supposedly in Texas, while criticizing the current president for not being there.  Oddly enough (or perhaps not-so-much), the event in question was a fundraising event from over two years ago, and yet even when the person who posted it was confronted with the truth, they laughed it off and chose to leave it up.

Knowing it was a lie.

Years ago I had a situation with someone who took information from a mutual friend,  and misunderstood what was said by the third person, to mistakenly believing it was a quote from me. By the time the mess was cleared, I was still accused of “lying,” even though those words were never mine.

???

As people, it is so important to remember that there is more than one side to any story, and that to project motive or to assume intent without all the information is not only unfair, but it perpetuates mistrust, creates divide and in the end is merely

fake news.

At the end of each day, when you reflect upon your decisions, what can you honestly say about what you did in and for your family? Your community? Your world? Were your words beneficial? Edifying? Honest? You see, even confrontation, when done in an authentic and integral manner, can be to the betterment of those around us. To ourselves. But, even the smallest of praises attributed to one, done with a twist of accusation towards another, can bring with it negativity and can foster greater divide.

In any community.

So today, what is your intent? Your purpose and vision for your own contribution? It is super easy to watch the world go by from the safety of our screens, and have a great many opinions about events and situations of which we truly have no actual awareness, but true change comes when we make an active decision to be a PART of the solution, in our daily lives.

Now THAT is something worth sharing.

 

 

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