As George W. Bush once so (NOT) eloquently said...
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me..."
Or in other words...
When someone shows you who they are, unless they've had some major "come-to-Jesus-see-you-at-the-altar-the-aliens-are-coming-right-now-life-changing-behavior-disrupting-REVELATION"...
...just BELIEVE THEM.
Dear Facebook: I hear you. I forgive you. And clearly...I'm still here for you. Annoyed, yes, but nevertheless...fully intend on doing my part to restore the "balance" of power on your “more-than-left-leaning-emotion-driven” platform.
While many of my colleagues have migrated their online presence from Facebook-Instagram to an alternate dimension and sip lattes in an "alt-right-independent-conservative-libertarian-anti-globalist" PARADISE, I remain "LEFT BEHIND," because I think the Fake News actually got something right; these alt-media and social media 2.0 platforms are currently human expression bottlenecks far more insular than the bottleneck we’re currently observing on the Isle of Facebook. (But, with that said, #claimyourhandlenow…)
Also, with respect to privacy, the reality of the situation is, THERE JUST ISN’T ANY.
I grew up thinking I was always being watched by God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, But hey...
...maybe the holy trinity is really just Facebook, Google and the HOLY SEE via the NSA...
Peace and love to the EYE of Sauron. (Or is it the Eye of Horus? The Eye of the Illuminati? Or—total mind warp—the Eye of PROVIDENCE? Who knows. But I heard Taco Bell DOES...)
“My” decision to remain a “loyal subject and devotee” of the Holy Empire of Mark Zuckerberg really comes down to a few key things...
NUMBER ONE. The mere act of throwing up deuces to Facebook and taking this show on the road seems to be in direct contradiction to the “freedom and liberty” battle cries of my more independent-conservative-libertarian-alt-right-leaning friends who allegedly “value" the facilitation of freedom and diversity of thought that is allegedly “under attack” by the “left-leaning mob” who have been unconsciously led into psychological warfare by the current physical reincarnation of the EYE of the DARK SIDE—THAT shape shifting, reptilian, great dragon and serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, but currently takes on the form and name of …
(Which, by the way, religion, Holy Roman Christianity specifically, and by extension Protestantism, the financiers, the Crusaders/Red Cross, the healthcare system, corporate-media, the education system, the legal system, the military and so many others are active players in this real life Game of Thrones-Tower of Babel and this scenario could ABSOLUTELY be plausible...but I digress...)
NUMBER TWO. While I agree there are significant issues needing to be addressed on mainstream social/mass media, if there truly is a (worst-case? scenario) CONSPIRACY to silence conservative thought and invoke the absolute power of The One World Order, isn't moving to alternative platforms a way to ensure those people "WIN” and walk away with everything of their heart’s desire?
By isolating yourself from the mainstream, now your voice REALLY isn't heard and the "globalist conspirators" got exactly what they wanted. #NOTSMART.
Instead, I recommend volunteering to be “left behind,” to learn their methods, and continue to play The Game--not for the lose-win, but for the WIN-WIN. Ultimately neither “team” created THE GAME (theoretically), so why are we so intent on destroying ourselves and decreasing our numbers by attacking and detaching from those we consider to be “the other?”
HERE’S A HYPO TO CONSIDER. Let’s say “they lose,” and HRC/Soros/DNC/BO combo and their cast of characters end up in jail or locked away on Guantanamo. How do you think the typical American would respond to that -ish? “We” would literally “win” for the whopping 15 seconds it would take for us to pop up in the end zone with a Terrell Owens-esque celebratory dance before the ref blows the whistle, throws up the flag and signals to the seven shofars to blow the horns so we can watch ALL the walls of modern civilization come tumbling down.
(Y’all. We can’t even get one wall built, so I HIGHLY recommend we at least try to maintain the ones we have.)
The scales of justice cannot always be evenly weighted and we must learn, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL, to live with the imbalance.
So many broken lives, so much pain and anger, so much greed, so much FEAR, so much hatred has given way to the POISON of deep grief and expectations of reparation (or Salvation) simply because the Seed of one Crime, one Misdeed has exponentially become MANY over the course of Time.
This is a very difficult concept for many to latch on to -- particularly in our country, where even the agnostics and atheists ironically live by Judeo-Christian morals and have been trained since birth to think of life in legalistic terms of debt and repayment, good-versus-evil, and salvation-or-damnation.
Nevertheless, the harvest has come and the time is ripe for a PARADIGM SHIFT.
We cannot always remedy or fully explain the past, but we CAN CREATE a better future beginning with our actions TODAY.
A future where we acknowledge, observe and CONFRONT our fears and the consequences of choices over time, instead of ignoring them or pretending they don’t exist.
A future where we can openly, productively and constructively discuss “taboo” topics like politics and religion, because we evolved as a culture and society and learned HOW TO.
A future where we can hold high expectations for ourselves and for others, and
A future where we dream AND act upon everything that could be, instead of accepting everything that simply, IS.
And so, I arrive back at my original intent for writing this piece by stating, IN CONCLUSION, I stay on Facebook on the condition that I regularly declutter my conscience by posting what I have to say, when I have to say it, and allowing the chips to fall where they may.
The quest for TRUTH, (if there is even such a thing), requires staying in the game while keeping an open mind.
(But, you know. I’m definitely still #skeptical and #slightlyannoyed I'm still here...).
Dear Facebook: We can be friends.
But DON’T get it twisted—I'm DEFINITELY going to take FULL advantage of the so-called “benefits” of your Kingdom not of Heaven, but with that said...
...I will ALWAYS...ALWAYS... have my 👁️ on you.
“Fool me — you can't get fooled again.” - GWB
Peace, love and cheers to a society with people who have brains-courage-vision-AND-heart (AND who are down for joining a Facebook group to get together to figure out what the Vatican has REALLY been up to…)
PS - Just in case you needed a little more George W. in your life, here's a little reminder...Praise the LORD for Donald J. Trump.
PER FACEBOOK'S NEW AD...
“We came here for the friends, we got to know the friends of our friends–then our old friends from middle school, our mom, our ex, and our boss joined forces to wish us a happy birthday. Then we discovered our uncle used to play in a band, and realized he was young once, too. And we found others just like us and, just like that, felt a little less alone. But then something happened. We had to deal with spam, clickbait, fake news, and data misuse. That’s going to change. From now on, Facebook will do more to keep you safe and protect your privacy, so we can all get back to what made Facebook great in the first place: friends. Because when this place does what it was built for, then we all get a little closer.”
Source: Facebook Says Sorry (Sort Of) In Its Biggest Ever Ad Campaign (4/25/2018)