Educate, Advocate & Legislate is a moto worth following. I think every positive action has helped the cause. Just look at the positive actions of activists, over the last several years, that have kept Gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota & Michigan protected on the Endangered Species List. These wolf activists answered the positive action posts on social media.
“Lasting change is a series of compromises. And compromise is all right, as long your values don’t change.” ~Dr. Jane Goodall
Social media has become the vehicle used to carry the message in today’s world of causes. When I read an angry rant filled post on Facebook I rarely finish it. I stop reading and move on paging through the newsfeed. Even just reading a few lines of an angry rant filled post pulls at my emotions in a negative manner. It’s leaves me feeling that all is hopeless.
When I read a positive post about how a person or a group has accomplished change; I find myself wanting to read more. I want to understand how they made change through positive action.
A positive post From Betsy Klein of I Am Wolf Nation’s Post…We anticipate a positive result from Yavapai BOS tomorrow which will add them to a growing list of counties and cities in Arizona who oppose wildlife killing contests. Join our campaign as we work to end them forever in our state. http://www.endkillingcontests.org
Ranting on Facebook never helps a cause.
Ranting on Facebook will never create positive change. Sharing negative articles on Facebook will never create positive change. Bashing the actions of people you don’t like (hunters, hounders, etc…) on Facebook will never create positive change.
Here’s some research about ranting on line.
Ryan Martin, a psychology professor at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, found the opposite to be true. The emotional relief, his research showed, is only temporary. People experienced a downward shift in mood after reading rants, and after writing rants, they became more angry, not less. The study was published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking in February 2013.
And more research on Andy rants.
Researchers who analyzed millions of posts on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform used in China, discovered that angry posts were shared more widely and more quickly than any other emotion.
As you page through the newsfeeds on social media ask yourself why the negative posts attract your attention? Then, move on to posts with positive action.
Results from the research…
“The expression of anger only has long-term, positive consequences when we understand the roots of the anger,” Suler said. “And when we set out to resolve the conflicts we have with other people, and within ourselves.”
I think every positive action helps the cause. Just look at the positive actions of activists, over the last several years, that have kept Gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota & Michigan protected on the Endangered Species List. These wolf activists answered the positive action calls on social media.
let’s make positive change by “educate, advocate & legislate.”
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