Between enjoying myself in the garden, taking care of the rest of my Dreampack, re-arranging my reading-blogs-of-fellow-writers-schedule there are neighbors who have to endure war. Not just the normal blood shedding fighting (as Trump calls it), nope, attacks with chemical weapons. As I wrote in my article about bullying, I really believe violence should not be the answer to violence.
To me, the focus should be at preventing war, stop fighting one and another, for whatever reason, and at the very least try to accept each others uniqueness. Agree to disagree and let be. However, I must also be honest and admit, if someone would seriously threaten my Dreampack, I would fight back with all possible means accessible to me. Deliberately harm someone, similar to what happened in Syria (the use of chemicals) ? Never!
The question is, should we fight for, or on behalf of, our neighbors? That is not an easy question to answer and I am very grateful we have people (those politicians so many neighbors appear to hate) who carefully make the decisions about these kind of dilemmas. I therefore, without a doubt, support the precision attack in Syria last Friday-night. When our political leaders make a good choice, I think we should also acknowledge that. (Not only complain about all those things we believe they do wrong)
Which brings me to Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. If I could get a coin each time a neighbor of me complains about corporate neighbors, especially the ones at the top, I really think I would be the richest woman on earth. Did he made a mistake, maybe several mistakes? Absolutely. To me, Mark was naive in trusting neighbors of other companies as much as he does trust his own employees. What he did last week by saying “It was a mistake. I started Facebook, it is my company, therefore it was my mistake and I am responsible for it.” Deep bow for Mr. Mark Zuckerberg! I wish more CEO’s were this open and dare to be that vulnerable.
Besides the fact that WhatsApp and Instagram are also part of Facebook, so leaving FB and joining these two won’t make that much of difference, and because I never forgot what social media is in the first place; an open social media platform to communicate with my neighbors and thus, per example, not for sharing secrets, oh and let’s not forget it is still free, hence the advertising… I believe in giving people a second, even third change.
Maybe, Mark decides to dissolve Facebook completely, one never knows, so in addition to my staying at FB, I also am expanding my presence at Google+ . Did you delete your account at Facebook, you can follow me via this small space on our virtual Dreampack too 😉
Thanks to my friend David of ChapeFitness I finally found a way to have WordPress.com readers like and share my website and posts. I know more of WordPress.org users or self-hosted websites are looking for this… Add the Shareaholic plugin and your issue will, like mine, be solved. Woop woop 🙂
Do you happen to dislike the openness of social media, there are a lot of options in the settings available to keep your stuff as private as possible at an online platform. And yes, you can also make the choice to retreat from social media all together. In the end, no politician, no CEO, no neighbor can make that choice for you.
I am going to follow Mr. Zuckerbergs lead…taking responsibility for my own actions. Control what I can control. Nothing to hide (beside a passwords and pin-code), so still hope to see you here, at FB or at Google+.