Forgive me for posting humorous posts among very serious posts, such as the comment piece on abortion guidelines from Nadine Dorries. It might seem bad taste to couch comical cartoons alongside posts that are achingly serious. It’s just that a blog, taken as a collective work has the mixed flavour of a weekly newspaper in that there is the grimly acidic news, the sober commentary and the light-relief afforded by such cartoons as these.
And the cartoon below did strike a chord with me. Some days, I get an average of ten Facebook friend requests from people who I have never met. Up till now, I have made some wonderful friendships over the net, from good friends and family who I know around the world. I’ve made contacts with others who share my goals of transmitting the faith, share love of Our Lord and especially love for Padre Pio. But, I’ve learnt to my cost that pushing ‘confirm’ too fast on Facebook isn’t always wise.
There is something to be said for being wary of ‘friending’ someone who has, without any clue decided to friend me, may have nothing in common with me, not share my values, and who later sends dodgy e-mails, post obscene or porno stuff* or attempt to convert me to radical Islam. I press the ‘don’t know this person’ link on Facebook more often than ‘confirm’. Alternatively, there’s always the ‘unfriend’ option; something that I’ve had to exercise more than I would like. *Over a year ago, someone who I knew for a few years posted some ‘soft porn’ before we went our separate ways on fb.