I recently took a break from social media for a couple of weeks. I missed a couple of events in the lives of people I care about. I did not miss the relentless torrent of facts that are mindlessly spread around in service to one faction or another. What I truly do not understand is the number of people that still believe that we can change each other’s minds by the sharing of facts. This is hard enough to do when we like the one sharing. It is nearly impossible when the facts are shared in an arrogant, sarcastic, and superior attitude.

Among my “favorites” are those that share “direct quotes” from politicians or other leaders. Out of context and without being framed by the rest of the speech, these quotes rarely make sense. They are often grammatical and logical minefields. I know that I would not like to have my worst public speaking examples published to make a point by someone who sought my defeat or demise.

Sean Niestrath lives and ministers in Madisonville. You may contact him via email at sean.niestrath@outlook.com.

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