When was the last time you took a deep breath?

I remember many years ago (before social media) being very angry at someone and then writing them a very angry letter. I never mailed the letter, it seemed like the act of writing it was cathartic and I felt no need to send it. This does not mean you always have to excuse people’s bad behavior, it simply means sometimes you need to simply take a breath and perhaps think of a different way.

There are many vicious, visceral, and just downright rude social media posts out there, and for no apparent reason. Posters judge people on made up stories, or on one story. Hatred and bigotry are the only winners here since very few people back down in the electronic age. The distance the web seemingly creates is their safety bubble and they feel invincible.

We need to take more breaths before we post. The internet is forever; the words you post never really go away. Also, ask yourself: what am I really trying to accomplish by this? If the answer and logic is not positive, perhaps it should not be posted.

Take a breath.

Dr Flavius A B Akerele III

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About Flavius Akerele

Dr. Flavius Akerele III has a broad mix of professional and academic experience as a K-12 teacher (internationally and domestically), international business, and as a higher education, professor, mentor and administrator. He is currently a full-time faculty member at Coleman University.
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