For most people that wouldn’t be particularly hard, but considering I enjoy debating politics and religion, I wouldn’t say it’ll be a Herculean task, but I am at risk of my head exploding.
They say that in polite society, one should not discuss politics or religion, but I have never really felt bound by that “rule.” Oh well, time to see how that works on Facebook.
It seems as if most of my year on Facebook has been spent talking politics, with the Alberta election and the federal election consuming so much of it. Frankly, I was glad they were both over, but now there’s the American election with all its attendant nuttiness; a lot of nuttiness. One could spend their entire day talking about it, but I won’t. It’s better than a circus freak show, but I will resist the urge.
So, what types of posts will I refrain from?
- Nothing from The Friendly Atheist or anything similar
- No likes of political or religious posts, jokes, pictures, videos, etc.
- No reposting of the above.
- No commenting on political or religious posts.
- No posts, pictures or comments about Syrian refugees coming to Canada and how you’re a racist if you don’t agree.
- I will also delete such posts to my page and untag myself on anything related.
At this point it looks like a better option to just stay the hell off Facebook for a month, which isn’t actually a bad idea. I’ll try this though.
What is allowed?
- Blogging – my blog has been neglected in the last couple years, and maybe this will be my outlet. Politics and religion are okay here.
- Twitter – again, I’ve really neglected it, but I don’t think I’ll talk politics as much there, and probably not religion either.
- Facebook – business and economics stuff? I don’t know. Depends on whether it’s considered political. Anything about economics in Alberta is inherently political, mainly because there are so many butthurt PC and WRP voters who just can’t accept an NDP government. Might be best to avoid that.
- Cat pictures – everyone loves cats, don’t they?
- Anything from the Oatmeal – except the political and religious stuff, which is always hilarious btw.
- Saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, etc.
They’re not exhaustive lists, and I’m sure I’ll be able to add to both as I go along. No doubt my friends will be happy as well, at least those who haven’t already unfollowed my posts or unfriended me!
I’ll consider this as an early Christmas present to myself, and anyone who has ever glanced at my Facebook feed (in horror, no doubt!). If I do this, can I skip the New Years resolutions too? Maybe. We’ll see if I survive this.