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Peace, Love, and the Solitude of Home by Mercedes


The world has become a sometimes scary, often surreal, unrecognizable place for me since Hurricane Michael. I was just starting to shrug off the despair and destruction of the Cat 5, when, all of a sudden, our world was shut down again, this time by Covid-19. And don't let me forget the heartbreaking deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, George Floyd in Minneapolis, and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. These horrific deaths seem to be a bone of contention on social media, and I am sick of seeing ugly, mean comments on all sides. I don't understand what is going on with people. Anger and hatred will not solve any problems, and your opinion, if it is one of anger or hatred, should not be spouted all over social media.


Why do people think their opinion on any recent issue--quarantine, social distancing, police brutality, looting, protesting, racism, whatever--is necessary? If you cannot share something positive, something that will NOT intentionally create division, then don't share!!! Sharing a divisive meme or post is not funny. It is callous and disrespectful and it diminishes the other person's value. If you are so dense that you cannot think about what you say or post and how your friends are going to react, then you are a part of the problem. This is not a political issue. This is a human issue. Treat each other with kindness and tolerance. Let each human live his life in the pursuit of happiness and liberty (unless, of course, that pursuit is detrimental to others).


I'm taking a break from social media for now. My plan is to enjoy getting lost in my head, sitting outside with my old dog, feeling the warm breeze and inhaling deeply. Oh, and murder. I'll definitely find time to research more murder.


Be safe out there, y'all. Wear your mask and keep the well-being of others in mind.

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