I browse Facebook quite a bit.
It serves the same purpose for me as the water cooler or the break room at a workplace.
I go there to see what people are thinking.
I go there to stay connected to the people I care about.
People are dying.
People are angry.
People are scared.
Bad things are happening.
That’s relevant to me.
Pretending that’s not true would be delusional.
But what can I do?
I can feel it.
I may not have lost a loved one in the shooting in Orlando.
But I can connect to the pain that their loved ones are experiencing.
I can connect to my own pain about the loved ones I’ve lost.
I can still grieve with them.
Just because news is painful doesn’t mean we should avoid it.
When news is painful it means we can feel it.
The more people that feel it together, the faster we will heal.
I know that the details of what happened will be skewed no matter who I hear them from.
But I don’t need details to know that other humans are hurting, and that’s more important than who’s right.