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Consider The Source Before Sharing

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My ex husband used to say, “consider the source” but never before have I taken those words to heart as I did today. This morning another stupid Trump quote was tweeted and I was so irate I just had to jump right on the bandwagon and comment. Did you hear that loud screech, the crash and the sound of broken glass everywhere? Yes, that was me.

Here’s the problem– I didn’t know if it was true. I don’t know if he said it or if someone just made it up. But there I was, unable to keep my mouth shut! How many people actually check to see if what they are reading is true before commenting on it? In this day and age, I’d say it’s our obligation to do so. Granted, this past election has a lot of us uneasy. We don’t know what’s going to happen and not knowing is scary as hell. We do know that we have elected a person who is sophomoric and a lot of us feel like he doesn’t really represent who we are and what we stand for and we have a twitchy trigger finger. In my New Year's blog I set my new year’s intention to have patience and the first chance I had I blew it! So I took down the tweet and will try to remember this for the next time and ask questions, “What is the source?” and even though it sounds like it could be true, “Is this true?”

I’m asking that we don’t just hop on any bandwagon and believe what is circulating on various feeds. Check your sources and if you want to do something about it, take action. Someone very close to me was so upset by this election she decided to run for City counsel in 2018 – go her! Please don’t sit there believing what is fed to you from who knows where. If you don’t even take these basic steps to check a source, then you have no right to sit back passively, casting stones (and comments) on things you’re not even sure are true. Let’s all consider the source.

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