I woke up yesterday morning, lay there thinking… “It’s Friday… I’m going to the pub tonight” it was lovely and pleasant, and then… I suddenly remembered… I had to check the result. I got the iPad, I went onto BBC news… And I was shocked. I was actually completely and utterly shocked. I don’t think I realised how much I actually cared until that result.
Why was I Shocked? Because pretty much everyone I had spoken to, or seen comment on Facebook was voting remain like me. So to then see the result… Shock.
I’ve had many conversations since the result, all very much going down the same route, all of us in shock.
I realise it is because, unsurprisingly, I am friends with like-minded people. We would be anyway, but I think social media makes it worse. It cleverly recognises things about you, and will suggest groups and friends, based on what you are already doing. So although you may be joining more groups, or befriending more people, that’s just more people with similar views,moping ones, and interests to you.
This has led me to ask the biggest question, to which I currently have no response… Is it a bad thing to only surround yourself with like-minded people? There is an obvious comfort about it, and it is naturally going to happen, but should we make more of an effort to step out of our comfort zones? A colleague said yesterday ‘maybe I should have found people who were thinking leave, so that I could persuade them to vote remain’. This challenged me because maybe that should be what we are doing. Not just on this issue, but generally. I am quite a passive voter, I don’t publicise who I am voting for. This is the first time I have ever publically said who I have voted for. The husband a however. Will. Early on in the campaign I was regularly told by Facebook that my husband liked remain. He actually received an email from an acquaintance to try to persuade him to vote leave, with statistical and biblical reasons why.
Yesterday, I was in shock, as were the majority of my colleagues. But what was fantastic was that the kids were talking about it, they were involved in a dialogue about politics, and they were empassioned, they wanted to find out more. These dialogues need to happen. Not the name calling and scare-mongering that seemed to be taking place. But dialogue. So that people afterwards are not saying, I’d like to change my vote, or I didn’t think it would actually happen. But that everyone can know that they voted after deep, careful discussion and thought.
Social media has so many positives, but it alllows us more and more to become our own little bubble, where we can hide what we don’t want to see, and surround ourselves with what we want to hear. Maybe we need to allow in a bit that challenges us, so that a fruitful dialogue can occur.
I wa so proud of our pupils yesterday, and I hope that they continue to have that same passi as they approach the age where they are able to vote and have an impact.
Most importantly we must neve forget how fortunate we we to be able to vote, and we must not take that vote lightly. That is one the one thing I am taking out of this referendum, but I will continue to question whether I need to step out of my comfort zone to make my voice heard, and enter into dialogue with those with differing views to my own!
We don’t know what the future holds, but we can face it together. Constantly questioning, rather than just accepting.