A couple weeks ago, I finally had to block someone on Facebook.
See, we all come from different backgrounds and have had unique life experiences, so I’m okay with different religious, political, and philosophical points of view.
That doesn’t mean I won’t find them irritating, occasionally argue with you, or find myself trying to calculate the potential damage to our relationship if I were to post the Snopes link debunking everything you just said.
We can still be friends, though. Even as this agonizing election season has tested our mutual tolerance. I believe that everyone has a right to their own perspective, assuming no one’s invoking the swastika.
But when you post spoilers an hour before The Walking Dead Season 7 premier comes on, you’ve crossed my line.
Seriously, one of my friends did that.
And despite my forgiving nature, when I saw those Walking Dead names scroll across her feed, I could only think: If these are accurate, you and I are done.
Well, they were and we are. She must’ve watched the show in a different time zone or something.
You may be wondering why this is a bigger deal-breaker for me than politics and religion, so let me explain: someone who disagrees with you politically might still be an awesome person, even having your exact same end-goals in mind, but believe a different strategy would be most effective…
And someone who tries to convert you to their religion wants to save your soul from eternal torment. Their heart’s probably in the right place, even if they’re misguided.
But posting spoilers right before The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere couldn’t be motivated by anything pure.
And to post it one hour before it aired. Right when everyone was getting amped up to finally see the dramatic conclusion, you throw the whole artistic experience straight into the toilet.
Why would you do that? Did you honestly believe your friends, who were finally settling down to resolve the biggest six-month cliffhanger of the six long years they’ve invested in the show, would react to your ruining it by thinking, “Wow, she really had the jump on us. She must be crazy smart!”
Or was it pure hostility? A cry for attention? The delusional belief that the events on The Walking Dead are actual occurrences, representing urgent mysteries in the world of crime we need to get solved as soon as possible?
I don’t know, except it’s more than anyone should have to put up with.
Politics and religion aside, you can’t come back from this. You just can’t.