Picking One’s Battles Online

I have been on the Internet for a very long time and I have commented on many, many posts. However you have to pick your battles. Not everyone on the web will agree 100% and there is real temptation to comment on something you don’t agree with but in this day and age but you do so at your own peril. Facebook is a minefield of articles and posts that can provoke one into an argument that can get nasty if you let it.

Fighting the good fight is a noble thing and its necessary at times. Ask yourself this, do you want to chime in on something where everyone else will come down on you for your opposing opinion. This is a lesson I have learned the hard way.

People who are always looking for a fight I think do so for attention or perhaps to poke a stick at those who they want to challenge. I am guilty of that but I am trying to get better at it. Words can heal and damage with the same force and we all have a choice to make on what we want to do with our words in the world.

Some things are worth the pain of provocation of a reply but others aren’t worth the keystrokes or the heartache.

Author: Tony Burgess

Hi there, my name is Tony Burgess from Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. I am a believer, bleeding-heart, idealist and blogger. My life is about my wife Laura of 18 years. We have a dog named Cody. I have worked in customer service and relations. Currently I work for Blood Assurance a regional blood bank contacting donors to donate blood. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994, Hiwassee College in 1992 and Red Bank High School in 1988. Spiritually I am a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. My interests are blogging (duh), media, computers, cooking, sports, entertainment, culture and religion. Thank you for connecting with me. Grace, peace and love!

9 thoughts on “Picking One’s Battles Online”

  1. I agree. There are people and groups of people ( on Facebook for example) who have very negative blood running through their veins. I do not ‘comment’ or argue with them as I do not believe I could change their attitudes and do not want to be drawn into that negative vortex..


  2. This is very true. There are so many people out there that are negative and so many people who just are plain bullies. When I comment I try to be respectful of people and if I disagree I just don’t comment at all. I don’t want to start a fight.


  3. Great post Tony, and oh so true. I won’t change anyone’s mind, so I don’t even try. Some of the stuff people were putting on Facebook before the election was crazy! People were attacking me that I wasn’t even friends with.

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