I recently read a blog post from the lady who writes the Canning Granny website. Apparently she also hosted a Facebook page, which I never realized. Her post was about why she closed and deleted her Facebook page with more than 27K followers. People had become so nasty, she just shut it down! Good for her. We do not have to put up with that stuff.
I have left Facebook groups that, while the purpose of the page was good and useful, some people were so inappropriate and contentious that just “not engaging” in the chaos was not sufficient, I had to leave.
She apparently got a number of comments about why would she do such a thing (close down a successful page with so many followers) because of the actions of a few people. Her answer is worth sharing. She said:
“… the common thread, “why let the actions of a few?” got me thinking about all the times in history where things, good and bad, were affected by “the actions of a few.” I’d like to list a few examples of how the “actions of a few” changed the world…
- In 1973, Norma McCorvey, using the pseudonym Jane Roe, got abortion legalized in the United States… Roe v. Wade.
- On December 1, 1955 in Alabama, Rosa Parks decided to defy racial segregation rules by not giving up her seat for a white passenger when asked. Her actions sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott, designed to put enough economic pressure on the city to listen. The campaign was so successful, it led to the desegregation of buses by the US Supreme Court. Rosa’s defiance changed the course of civil rights in American history.
- In 1963 Madalyn Murray O’Hair started a movement that eventually led to the removal of prayer in schools in the US.
- Emily Davison was a women’s suffrage activist. She was imprisoned nine times, and endured force-feeding while on hunger strike. In 1913, her protest at the Epsom Derby resulted in her death, as she was trampled by King George V’s horse. She died of her injuries in hospital four days later. Her intention for the protest has always remained unclear, but she is remembered as a symbol of the struggle undertaken for the right for women to vote.
- Adolf Hitler, German dictator, and his Nazi minions during the 1930s were the reason millions of Jewish people were slaughtered during the Holocaust… All Germans were NOT Nazis and tens of thousands of Germans lost their lives as well by protesting the actions of a few.
- Only 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence.
- Only 3 percent of the citizens of what is now the United States of America fought in the Revolutionary War that brought independence from Great Britain.”
What a good message this is! We often believe we have no power, no ability to affect change, no value. It’s simply not true. Each of us plays a big part in some area of the world/society. The real question is not “am I of value?” or “do I count?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” I think the real question is “Have I made the world a better place?”