Does anyone remember the tv series "Hill Street Blues"? At shift change, the sergeant ended each briefing before sending police out on their assignments with the words "be careful out there". In his voice and in this command was a true expression of concern for his police force, and acknowledgement that danger exists in the world they, now called first responders, were entering.
My website and blogs are not intended to enter the political realm.
I started a website to offer my art to a wider audience rather than just those who go to a gallery. Facebook is the vehicle to promote my website, no more. But, reading recent facebook comments I can't help but see a much more sinister tone of defiance (of the law and social order), a societal posture of "us versus them", and an uneasy implied approval of physical force to accomplish a political end.
Do you see that too? Does it concern you?
If so, I'd encourage users of facebook or twitter to not feed the anger and division by forwarding or even commenting on those posts that challenge peace. Rather, take a breath, reread the post that incites your response, consider if the source really reflects opinions that you know are those of your friend/acquaintance, or if they seem likely fabricated by a source intent on stirring hate and discontent in America. Then, if you must, post your response prayerfully and thoughtfully. Consider the reaction you hope for.
These times and conditions are not what we knew only a month ago. "Mob mentality" dominates much social discourse. Your words do matter! Remember to be careful out there.