Hiding Behind Our Keyboards

Aren’t Monday’s after a long weekend just the worst? I mean, killer. On the bright side, it is officially December, and we only have a few more weeks til it’s Christmas!

Today, I kind of want to deviate from my normal lifestyle blogging and have a little heart to heart with you if that’s okay. Late Saturday night, I found out with the rest of the world that Paul Walker passed away.

Paul Walker

My heart is just so broken for the family and friends that he leaves behind. I can’t pretend that I was his number one fan or anything, but I always thought he was one of the most beautiful people I had ever seen. From all accounts I’ve read about him, his spirit was just as beautiful.

When I logged into Facebook on Saturday night, my newsfeed was flooded with statuses and news stories about Paul Walker. Everyone seemed to share in my heartbreak for such a young life lost. However, someone made a comment on one of my friend’s status that really got to me. I’m not one to usually be bothered by what people say on Facebook because I’d probably go insane if I took everything I read on there seriously. However, this comment just got under my skin for some reason. The comment read, “Good. Maybe they will stop making those dumb a** movies.”

My jaw dropped.

Someone just died at the age of 40. Someone just died who had just spent his day raising money for charity. Someone just died who leaves behind a young daughter and countless other family and friends. Your response is “good”?!

I’m sure this person probably thought he was just being funny and did not intend to offend anyone (I hope). But it got me thinking…do we think that just because we sit behind a keyboard and an illusion of anonymity that we can say anything that comes to our mind without any consequences or regard for the feelings of others? Have we lost our sense of compassion just because something does not personally happen to us? Are we so disillusioned by social media that we forget how to respect people both in life and in death?

What’s even worse is that if I’m being 100% honest with you, then there are times when I catch myself falling into the trap as well. You know, the trap where I think that whatever I say on social media is justified and fair game. The trap that says I can sit on my butt on the other side of a computer screen and judge what I see, forgetting that there is actually another person on the other end.

It’s a dangerous trap to fall into, and I really want to make myself more aware of how I treat others both in person and on social media. I know that the last thing I want is to be one of those people who hides behind my keyboard.

I’m sorry to have such a heavy post on a Monday, but it’s something I’ve really been thinking about the past day or so, and I just wanted to share. I would love to hear your thoughts as well!

I want to leave things today on a positive note, so here are a few quotes that I hope will inspire you today:

C.S. Lewis quote

Marathon quote

Be Kind Anyways

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  1. livinglearningeating@gmail.com' says

    I wasn’t a Paul Walker fan (or a not-fan, I just didn’t know about him) but I definitely agree that people say all sorts of callous, unacceptable, downright appalling things online that they wouldn’t in person. Just because there’s the anonymity of the internet doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to be a bad person!

  2. theorder says

    “You cannot hide from God. The mask you wear in the presence of other people won’t get you anywhere in the presence of God. God wants to see you as you are, wants to be gracious to you. You do not have to go on lying to yourself and to other Christians as if you were without sin. You are allowed to be a sinner. Thank God for that;” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    Paul Walker was one of my favorite actors, not because what he did on screen but off. You should look up the Non-profit he started and he was just over in the Philippines helping with the typhoon relief.

    “You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.” -Paul Walker

    • says

      Two very awesome quotes! The first one is very convicting. Thank you for sharing, Dom. I had no idea that he started his own charity until the other day. I actually saw pictures of him at nearly every natural disaster relief site within the past few years. I hate seeing the loss of someone so compassionate.

  3. freeingimperfections@gmail.com' says

    Wow, that is a very sad comment. Part of it definitely comes from being hidden behind the mask of the internet, but I think some people would even still say that in person, just because they don’t realize the value of life. It doesn’t matter if you know someone or not – if they have died, you treat them with respect. I find that people who have never experienced loss tend to make less than flattering comments about the deceased…

    I definitely agree that in general people are much more likely to be judgemental (especially toward blogger’s lives) just because they have the guts to say things online, with almost no consequence.

  4. perfectionisnthappy@gmail.com' says

    I cannot believe someone would say something like that! However, I do believe that social media and the internet makes us braver. Many of us say things (myself included) that we would never feeling comfortable saying if we were having a conversation in person. It makes me nervous for what conversations in the future will be like.

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