Do You “Like” This?

Of late, I’ve noticed a steadily growing trend for people, and even businesses, to place their sense of success and self worth solely upon the number of “likes” and comments on <insert popular social media here>. In America today, how we are perceived by others has become so important that our desire to be unique has been overridden by the conformity enforced by the “like” button.

I gave up on social media over two years ago after considering this: when we can share our most inner thoughts with the world shouldn’t we also use caution in choosing in whom we will entrust these thoughts. Social media has tricked us into believe that our innermost thoughts and desires should be published for all to see. To this I simply say “no.”

Here’s what a few “wise guys” from the past have to say about being “liked.”

King Solomon: “A man of too many friends comes to ruin…” (Proverbs 18:24 NASB)

George Washington: “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

Thomas Jefferson: “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.”

Jackie Robinson: “I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.”

Henry David Thoreau: “See how he cowers and sneaks, how vaguely all the day he fears, not being immortal nor divine, but the slave and prisoner of his own opinion of himself, a fame won by his own deeds. Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “I represent the public, not public opinion.”

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Author: RSGullett

R. S. Gullett is a proud alumni of Stephen F. Austin State University and currently teaches United States history at a community college in Houston, Texas. As a historian, he loves to mingle the historical with the fantastical and places an emphasis on faith in all his writing. His faith in Jesus Christ is very important to him and this often becomes evident in his writing. He is not perfect, nor does he pretend to be; but hopes that sharing his faith might inspire others to give their hearts to Christ. He and his wife currently live in Houston, Texas.