Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Awareness

I like to think I am a pretty intuitive and sensitive person. But sometimes I guess I am unaware of how what I say flippantly, affects others (negatively).
On Facebook:
I think it is a joke that people try to sum up their entire religious views in a one-liner on their profile.
In response to this I jokingly wrote: Jesus loves you, I'm just his favorite.

Recently I friended someone on FB and they confirmed me.
38 minutes later, they deleted me and wrote me a note about how offensive it was for me to write that.
To this person, who is non-religious, it was self-absorbed and narcissitic (BTW there is a history there).

On the one hand, I think the (un)friend misunderstood the intent of my religious views. I was trying to make a statement that people should not take themselves so seriously. Also, I think I am funny.

The way it was taken, though, is what I am intriqued by this evening.

I'm not trying to make it more than it is, and I am not beating myself up. But it did make me sit up and think. I want to have better filters. I want to be aware of my words and actions, knowing that there are people out there who have differing views. I want to be salt and light in this world, not cause others to stumble.

3 comments:

steve and randel hambrick said...

INTERESTING!! i always wanted that bumper sticker...

i think it's quite ridiculous, but whatever. i do agree with watching words. in fact, my FB status the other day was gonna be "beer and pizza with the mcwhorters", but i deleted it b/c some people would probably be appalled.. i haven't figured out that line yet, but it kind of annoys me in all honesty.

shannon said...

sure, nik, always good to choose words carefully. But for the record, you are freakin' hilarious and that comment was not out of line.

I'll tell Braj you're on facebook. I have chosen to stay away because I have too many ex-boyfriends. But he's pretty good about keeping it updated.

MIss you, friend.

Lori said...

You ARE his favorite. Duh.