A few days ago I expressed my opinion about one of the ballot questions (related to charter schools) here in Massachusetts on Facebook.
I know. I know. The likelihood that I was going to change someone’s mind because of my posting was slim, while the risk that I would end up wanting to cancel all my social media accounts due to the potential blow back was high.
And yet. I did it. And I’m happy to say that the conversation was, for the most part, civil. Questions were asked. Answers – and supporting links – were given. Opinions were shared. There was no name calling, and only one bright red frownie (frowny?) face.
There was one “apology” as a friend explained she wasn’t against charter schools, just the current legislation related to the expansion. I was reminded of this comment when, today as I walked through the park with my dog, I ran into my aunt, who is on the opposite side of the issue than I. After a quick intro to Miss Daisy, she apologetically, told me she and my uncle were downtown picketing against the ballot question.
At a time when I have seen friends (and friends of friends) in my Facebook feed call Hillary Clinton so many derogatory, demeaning and disgusting terms, I have found the conversation on this one topic refreshing. And while I haven’t changed my opinion, I feel more informed about the issue.
And isn’t that what our system should be about? The ability to share our opinions in a civil manner, and then vote for what we think is the right choice for ourselves, our families, and our country?
So don’t apologize – just remain calm and vote.