Like most people, I don’t like what I don’t understand. It’s not a good trait, but it’s a universal one. One of the things I don’t understand is our overwhelming need to be liked, therefore, I don’t like it.
If you wander anywhere near the virtual neighborhood known as Facebook, you will discover that everybody wants to be liked. They want their posts to be liked, their pictures to be liked, and their web page to be liked. That’s a lot of liking, and that’s just from the people you know.
Eventually total strangers will come up to you and say, “Like me.” Like you? I don’t even know you. How did you get in here? Who are you? Why should I like you? How small is your self-esteem that you need me to like you?
It used to be that you didn’t have to ask people to like you, they either liked you or they didn’t and there wasn’t much you could do about it. But now we plead, beg, and cajole in order to be liked. We firmly believe that having a large number of likes is positive justification of our existence. We’re liked, therefore we are.
We even go so far as to ask people who like us to ask other people that we don’t even know to like us and it’s driving me nuts. I admit that I once liked somebody I didn’t know for no other reason than they asked me too. I’m not proud of that fact. It was careless and irresponsible behavior but I did it and so did you.
Admit it, you have liked somebody you don’t know because someone else who likes you asked you to like the third person. This goes on and on until you either run out of people who like you, or realize that the progressive math could feasibly lead to everybody in the world liking everybody else which is preposterous.
I suppose being liked is preferable to being disliked but I still think there should be a dislike option on Facebook. If you can like somebody, you should be able to dislike them as well, and when I say this the pages for politicians and the Kardashians come to mind. The mind bogles at estimating their dislikes.
I hope that I have been able to prove my point about not liking the like but I certainly do not want to hold you back from liking others. In fact, I wouldn’t object to you liking this post. What’s it going to hurt? Go ahead, you know you want to do it. Push the like button now!!!
Thanks for liking me. I know it’s sincere.