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Modern Desiderata for Social Media

Modern Desiderata for Social Media

Before you post anything in social media, have you asked yourself what good can come out of it?

Will it inform?

There are many valid reasons for posting something, but self-praise is not one of them.

Always consider the truthfulness of what you’re going to share. Be discerning, especially when people begin to trust in your discernment. Hold on to facts, to evidence, to logic, and to reason. But don’t forget that sincerity is the most important form of truthfulness, for it involves being true to one’s convictions, values, and feelings.

Choose your words wisely. Some words can hurt, but others can heal. Some can divide, but others can unite.

Some people will try to refute what you’re going to say. The natural impulse is to be defensive, but the noble response is one that is humble and gracious.

Some people will disagree with your points of view. Welcome their dissent, always remind yourself that you can be wrong, so that when others correct you, your response will be gratitude.

Even when you’re convinced that you are absolutely right, resist the temptation of humiliating people and rubbing in the flaws of their contentions.

Don’t let your desire to be proven right get in the way of being nice to people.

Don’t let your desire to be vindicated lead you to vindictiveness.

Never fight hate with hate, just as it has been said that one must never fight fire with fire. Avoid posting something out of anger or frustration. If someone insults you, you are no different if you insult them back.

Draw inspiration from the people who like or share your posts but never make them the sole measure of your success. A popular lie will go viral, but an inconvenient truth may go unnoticed.

Don’t give up on social media. When you dwell too much on the negative, you lose sight of the positive. Not all the hatred in the Internet can nullify the fact that life is beautiful and we can see glimmers of this beauty in people’s posts that make us laugh and smile.

As for what you write, even just one person who profits from it makes it worthwhile – and you never know what your drop in the bucket will help lead to.

Keep writing. And keep encouraging those who do. You are not alone.

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