Do vs. Talk

What you do speaks so loudly, I cannot hear what you are saying.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson —

The opening quote from Emerson reminded me of five minutes of my life that I sadly squandered on social media this past Friday.

I read a blatantly false fake news post from one of my friends and regretfully decided to read the comments he generated from his post because I wanted to make sure no one was believing what he had shared.

Once I stepped into the comments, I observed my friend and another person debating ad nauseam about the validity of the subject matter. After wasting approximately three-hundred seconds of my life on such trivial crap, I retreated from the war of words.

What is our world coming to when it is so easy to get people wound up about a topic that is false? Social media is dumbing down the intellect of our society.

My friend who made the fake news post has almost 3,000 friends on Facebook. Let’s say 20% of his friends read his post and 10% of the 20% were stupid enough (like me) to read the comments and let’s say all of the 10% (60 people) wasted five minutes as I did.


I go back to Emerson’s quote.

Our walk is so much more powerful and worthwhile than our talk.

Proverbs 18:2, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”

Proverbs 17:28, “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” 


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