“Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again.”
I think this African proverb answer the question: should anyone post anything on their social media accounts?
I’ve been reading a lot of hateful posts (not towards me though, thank goodness!) and belittling articles on social media these past few weeks. Really? Is this the new trend now? I’m hoping it’s not.
Each person is responsible for his or her words. May it be written or spoken. When one realizes that words can actually hurt and cannot easily be “taken back,” then more effort will be taken to use words that are helpful and uplifting.
Being cautious with the words one uses is the main essence of this proverb.
Nowadays, the leading social media platforms allow their users to POST, to LIKE and to SHARE anything the users desire to share with the public.
Anything, in this context, may include inspiring and motivating statements, tactless and upsetting messages, sarcastic and double-meaning texts or anything that may exist in an individual’s coconut shell.
This “anything” may possibly reach every corners of the globe and may be known to every breathing creature existing in the planet since we only have a small world. However, this chance may deliver either encouragement or social threats.
Yes, you and I can post whatever we desire to post, may it be out of our conscious conscience or not or in pursuit of fair treatment or for whatever purposes. There are many reasons under the sun.
By simply clicking on the mouse, our friend or foe may receive our message in just a minute or less. That same message can travel across the seas and over the mountains and can be viewed by so many netizens. Moreover, that same message can uplift one’s life or worst, destroy another’s existence.
At present, there are existing cases involving the use of these social media in demeaning others’ lives. The misuse of this chance is heavily unacceptable.
Everyone should remember that “One’s freedom ends when the other’s freedom starts”. This includes the use of social media.
We’re free to post whatever we desire to post and express whatever we want to express. This is part of freedom us a human. However, we should know that this freedom is limited and has its definite boundary; and that’s being humane.
Every action has its corresponding aftereffects. Think twice before posting anything. That’s quite enough time to weigh the possible results of the action to be done. Don’t be overpowered by your emotions. We have control over ourselves. We are liable for whatever actions we make and accountable for all the consequences.
May we all be positive influencers creating a much better society.
Bless your hearts!