I'm Over Hearing Everyone's OpinionThe worst thing that ever happened to the Internet is the comments section. It is a free-for-all for all of the keyboard warriors, whom have all the confidence in the world behind their computer screens, to spew every hateful, racist, disgusting opinion that pops into their head. The way I look at it, they are not opinions because no one asked for their input. When people give their unwanted opinions they are really just criticism and judgements masked as opinions. Quite frankly, I wish more people would see it this way and think twice before typing.

I’ve watched an all out instagram/youtube war unfold in the past week between vegans and non-vegans. It was caused by “critique videos” in which influential vegans tear apart the videos of other health and fitness influencers for simply not adopting a vegan lifestyle. Followers are told to be relentless with their pursuit in turning these people vegan. They come off as some of the worst people on the internet, but they’re doing it for a cause, so that means being an unrelenting asshole to strangers for the sake of animals. For a movement that is supposed to be compassionate, they lack it when it comes to interacting with their own kind. I don’t eat land animals and I wish the country would scale back on it’s meat farming, but I would never watch a video of someone making a chicken sandwich and then berate them on their lifestyle choice while calling it my “opinion”. They didn’t ask.

 

But it’s more than just hateful vegans. It’s anyone who doesn’t agree with what someone else is doing. Breastfeeding, transgenders using the bathroom, cutting the defense budget… Sure, I like to throw my two cents into the ring when it’s warranted, but unless someone flat out asks me my opinion on something, I pretty much keep it to myself. I also have a blog and social media accounts where I basically state my opinion on life all day and if people don’t like it, they can keep scrolling. We have become a society of people going to war with each other over criticism and judgment.   If you come across an article that is pro-breastfeeding in public and you’re not for that, just keep scrolling. There is no reason for you to take time out of your day to say anything negative. The article was not written for you. However, if I see someone getting maliciously attacked by others, I do jump in to defend them and hopefully calm everyone down. I want everyone to get along. It’s sort of a character flaw.

It’s nice to be nice and I’m sticking to that sentiment. You catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar, so whatever your opinion, make sure that you have a peaceful and intelligent way of getting it across to people. There is no need to harass someone simply because they live or think differently than you. You will be a much happier person when you adopt “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. Don’t be the reason someone feels like garbage, be the reason they smile and unless they ask, keep your opinions to yourself.