So the country has voted and we are now out of the European Union. I wanted to talk a little about what has happened. I am not talking about this from a political perspective but a social one.
Today was always going to be an interesting day whatever the outcome, but I am saddened by some of the reactions of people to others. I had made a decision quite early on as to how I was going to vote, towards the end I was unsure and continued weighing it all up in my mind. When push came to shove I stuck with my original decision. It was a decision that I made through my personal thoughts and beliefs. Was it the right decision? I don’t know and won’t know for some time, but it was my choice to make, just as it has been everyone else’s choice to make. The insults and slander that has been flying around Facebook today shows an issue that is far more worrying.
As individuals we have the right to our own opinions based on the world as we see and experience it. Why is it necessary to start hurling insults at each other? None of us knows the future ahead except for God, which is where I am putting my trust. I know that some of you reading this don’t have that kind of faith in God and that’s totally fine, but whatever our beliefs we must be able to accept our differences with grace and honour. That means to respect individuals choices without trying to change their opinion. I want my children to grow up being proud of who they are and strong in their beliefs (whatever they turn out to be) without feeling the need to put others down or disregard their beliefs.
Who is to say what is right and what is wrong? Just because some peoples voices are louder than others does not make them ‘more right’ – just louder. Being passionate about something you believe strongly in is a good thing in itself, but when that starts to intimidate and belittle others it will never be a good thing. Mr H was verbally abused on Facebook today because of his opinions by being called “an f…..g idiot” where is the democracy in that?
Having put forward the way I feel about the negativity going on I must also make a point of some of the lovely comments that I have seen on Facebook today, which is where I am going to focus my attention.
These are some of the ones that stood out for me
“The sun is shining and we have so much to be grateful for”
“Congratulations to all who voted for Brexit. Personally I’m disappointed with the result but the people have spoken and that’s what democracy is all about. I really hope that everything works out for the best for the UK but the only successful route is one based on love, not hate”
“I am proud to live in a country which gives it’s people a voice. I wanted to stay in the EU, but I respect the fact that more people voted that they wanted to leave. Let us now work together for the good of the people of the UK, Europe and the world.”
Im going to end on that positive note and wish you all a very good weekend, hoping this sun continues to shine.
Looking forward to hearing your comments.
Much love to you all