Every day I share a quote or a bit of found wisdom on my Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/nontraditional.traditions/ Click the link if you’d like to follow me! I use a different type of quote each day: Sunday’s Secret; Monday’s Motivation; Tuesday’s Truth, Wednesday’s Wild Untamed Woman (my favorite); Thursday’s Thought; Friday’s Fun Fact/Funny; and Saturday’s Spark. It’s a fun way for me to share quotes that speak to me and to cause us to stop and think, even if just for a moment.
For the longest time, I posted quote after quote never giving the source much thought. My thought process was simple, because the quote was so good, I assumed no one would care who or where it came from. But that freestyle of posting came to a screeching halt a month ago when I posted the following quote:
An Instagram follower promptly chastised me for sharing this quote as it had absolutely nothing to do with Humanism based upon who said it. I was aghast, but it IS a humanist belief I argued and therefore definitely in support of my humanist content. The author, she informed me, was a religious leader and president of the LDS Church, and furthermore, he did NOT support humanist beliefs and thought process.
I googled him. She was right. Absolutely right. I almost deleted the quote, but something stopped me. Casting a spotlight on our similarities is far better than arguing our differences, I thought. The quote, regarding a happy life, is humanist. What that happy life means, is personal belief. How about we focus on what a happy life means to us? At the end of the day, I left the quote on my Instagram account to remind myself of two things; 1) research a quote before posting, making sure the author is indeed the author, and 2) explaining my purpose of posting a quote if said author is not Humanist. Something I should have been doing from the beginning.
With the deluge of quoted authors on the internet, I do see misquotes all the time. Most of them show photos of celebrities like Tom Hardy, Emma Watson, or even Einstein just to pull you in and get you to check it out. After my little incident happened I read about https://www.instagram.com/sgrstk/ and his famous misquote frustration.
The lesson I’ve learned through all of this is simple. If I want to share a meaningful or though-provoking quote on my Instagram/Facebook/Twitter account, I should do a little research. That way, I’m promoting the correct author and the right vibe for my pages. I may not always get it right, but I’m definitely willing to admit when I’m wrong.
Here’s a quote for you, “Being willing to admit when you’re wrong is a sign of strength not weakness”, now, tell me who said it. Good luck!
Until next time,