The Wandering Poet

Buffy Brinkley on the Things that Inspire my Life, my Pen, and my Heart.

First, Post No Cruelty

on June 25, 2015

I once read that time was trivial next to love. This is true. Love stays its moving hands and slows it down so that every second becomes a small eternity to do all that we can and should for each other.

Instead of diseases like violence, bullying, cruelty, and hate, let’s infect each other with kindness, tolerance, hope, and love. What we send forth into to the world, we get reflected back to us 10 times over. So let’s send out our smiles, our helping hands, our empathy, our sympathy, our kindness, our consideration.

When those who become doctors are approved for practice, they take an oath to “first, do no harm.” Perhaps that’s what’s needed in cyberspace. An oath we take to: “first, post no cruelty.”

As a doctor, our medical license would be revoked if we inflicted harm upon a person in our care. So think about this for a moment: about those we speak to in cyberspace. When we follow them or open a conversation with them, we take them into our care. It is imperative then that we be responsible with that care and do not inflict harm upon them. And, they, taking us into their care, will have the same responsibility.

We often fear what is different from us and what we don’t understand. Fear causes us to lash out in an effort to get what we fear to go away. But why not simply ask questions? Why not get to know those who are different from ourselves? Knowledge eliminates fear. And without fear, there is no need to lash out.

In a poem I wrote about the world, I said, “Taking chances with the unusual; making it more modern in the eyes of others; speaking its language, so that it may understand mine.”

Something is only unusual if we don’t understand it. So, let’s get to know one another. If you don’t like who I am once you know me, feel free to leave me, unfollow me, block me. I will feel free to do the same with you. But we don’t need to be cruel to one another. Like it or not, we are in each other’s care while we’re here. Let’s act like it. 😊


One response to “First, Post No Cruelty

  1. […] using social media within a perspective I believe everyone might appreciate.  It’s called First, Post No Cruelty. I invite you to click on the link and give it a read. Please try to think before you post […]

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