This weekend finally pushed me over the edge - well really, this weekend and the political campaign in general to date.
There is a perfectly legitimate reason of course - Facebook (and Twitter) have completely destroyed the ability to discuss an issue in a meaningful sense. They have "dumbed down" the discourse of the day into - at its worst - 140 characters. Hardly the sort of thing that makes for the society of ideas that we claim ourselves to be. And rather amusing (in a dark sort of way) that easy connectivity has lead only to an inability to speak among ourselves.
But recent events have pushed it further - now, unless you specifically come out in favor of or against something, you are on the other side. There is no more "neutral" ground to be held. And frankly, the level of hate - yes, that is the word I used - has become unsustainable.
I suppose there are options, like significantly changing whom I see - but frankly that seems like a lot of work for not a lot of benefit. Just easier and more realistic to cut the cord all at once.
I will probably still keep it for a bit - oddly enough, for something that has only become a part of my life for the past 9 years I am surprised how difficult the concept is of quitting for me to warp my head around. But already I am checking it much less than I was; very soon I suspect I will not check it at all.
It strikes me as a little odd that I consider life without the thought of seeing the so many I do every day. But let us be honest - if 90% of the seeing is causing me more pain and anger than joy, is it really worth it just for that 10%.
But the fact of the peace that comes over me when I think about it tells me it is probably the right thing to do.