I absolutely love bloggers! And do you want to know why? Because bloggers focus on talking about themselves. They share great stories, interesting experiences, really cool photos, arts and crafts, and delicious recipes. They mind their own. They’ll talk about how they feel, what they’re going through, where they’ve travelled, how intricate a process for something was or what their hopes and dreams are for the future. But RARELY do I see a post that starts with “Human beings need to be more aware of…”, “If only I could make you understand…”, “One must learn…”, “You should embrace a more reasonable attitude…”
Facebookers on the other hand (I’m not sure that’s an actual term yet), or at least most Facebookers, take it upon themselves to shower us with constant unsolicited life advice wise beyond our years. The irony of it is that usually the people that post these fascinating nuggets of wisdom are typically disappointed with where their lives have led. There is a bit of relief in dispensing noteworthy knowledge. It gives the preacher a false sense of control. I too have been guilty of this at some point in my life. That’s why I can confirm it and therefore, can speak freely. It is because of all this unsought advice that I have temporarily closed my FB account on numerous occasions. I personally have never been the recipient of the advice but it becomes annoying nonetheless. Some Facebookers are persistent if nothing else. One would think that if they saw that a message wasn’t getting through with the first six attempts then there wouldn’t be a need for another six. One would be wrong to think that what is logical for one person is logical for another. I’ve thought about why there seems to be a need to continue unremittingly spewing life advice and then it dawned on me…
Preach, preach, preach, preach, preach…and with preaching comes an inevitable insurmountable surge of judgment. Alas! We have stumbled upon the real reason for which one provides unsought advice. Preaching is a more subtle way of passing judgment. Offering advice is a more subtle way of preaching. And no, age does not necessarily make one wiser. Neither does it necessarily go hand in hand with wisdom in general. One’s experiences are one’s own. Everyone learns in different ways and will take away from each experience a distinctive message; this is a psychological and sociological fact. No amount of preaching is going to teach anyone how to see or feel about something until they personally live through it. I know many younger folks that are very wise because they have lived and experienced far more than any adult around them. Personally, I’ve still got lots to learn as do most people, including the people posting the life lessons. But I guarantee you; I will not learn them from someone’s status update on Facebook. Put your life advice and lessons on morality to better use by being a little more introspective.
My actual status update on Facebook from about an hour ago:”
“Nothing more exhausting than constantly reading postings about profound life lessons and deep meaningful spiritual riddles on Facebook. Lighten up people. Life happens. No need to incessantly preach about it. It’s a little redundant. “
I love writing about MY life on my blog. I talk about my experiences and my experiences alone. I can’t speak for anyone else or presume to know what’s best for people or how one should conduct one’s self. I’m not looking to teach anyone anything or influence them in anyway. Life alone will teach us. I just want you to stop by and visit, not take me too seriously and enjoy!