Message in a Bottle

Hi  David

     Thanks you for your lessons , and I am glad to become your friend , if you have no problem about this.
    You gave me your email address two weeks ago, and now it’s the first time I contact you. i  am sorry for that.
    I should admit that I am not really good at making friends with strangers, especially foreigners. It’s easy for kids to make friends and for adults to communicate with people. It sounds ridiculous , right ? Because adults do everything purposely , and that’s what you replied me when I asked you the reason why Chinese want to chat with you when we met for the first time , and that’s why I worried about too much when I want to make friends with you .  I don’t want you have this kind of sense that I did it purposely.
    I tell you a story about a Chinese student named A studying in USA. He complaint a lot about relationship between Chinese students and local native students. A is freshman, and he doesn’t have a car .We all know it’s inconvenient if you don’t owe a car when you live in America. A has no choice but ask for help from local students, so the first step for him is to make friends with native students. No you get me point ,right ? Just because A intended to make friends , so the problems happened. American students are smart enough to know the truth , and they took advantages of it. they used each other. A paid for the gas bill for several times , and A’s friends took him to where he want to go.
    Actually , I have ever had a foreign friend before. But before I contact you, I really don’t want to be the guy like A  who makes friends purposely. undoubtedly you are a nice guy with kind and brave heart . You live in China alone without your families which impressed me. Like I said , westerners are adventurers and Chinese are farmers. Although I really want to live in USA, it’s absolutely hard for me to live in a country without my families.
    BTW, I am gonna take a tour work for two months in ShenZhun(深圳). The nest time I attend your class may be the New spring in Lunar Calendar if you are still in WORLD School which I hope .
    OK ,  thank you for reading my balalala complaint about my  troubles to make friends ! I hope you will be happy in China and have fun ! If you have any questions about China , please tell me , because I know foreigner s always have so many “whys” about this strange country .
    Good night!
    Rings

Sheeple Says: Curating friends to match your political identity

Recently, a childhood friend of mine had a heated chat with me after years of not having spoken together. This person had found that I have liked the Trump facebook page and decided that it was against the friend’s sense of ethics (or whatever. . .possibly even a medical condition like hypertension) to be my friend, so I was deleted.

Forget about sharing summer camp memories together and times of happiness and let’s hyperfocus on each friend’s beliefs whether or not they are legitimately held.

I would love to know how you feel about the chat I copied/pasted below. I removed the name and any gender pronouns to protect the identity. My name is David, btw so I included my name where I have chatted.

It’s an outstanding example of a situation we are facing. Are certain people allowed to have a belief that doesn’t match with the SHEEPLE? No. No, we are not. Is this a part of privilege? Let me know!

 

Sheeple Says: Do you “like” Trump on Facebook because you actually like him or to follow his posts?
David: Friend, do u have any guns at ur house?
Also, are u aware of what Treason is? Is it ok if I just like the damn page and not have to talk about it?
Sheeple Says: That’s fine. But I severely don’t know you as a person if you like him legitimately and agree with him, so I was asking because I consider you an open-minded friend and wanted to know if I should change my personal opinion of you.
My loved one owns a gun. One. It sits under the nightstand and that person has only ever shot it at a gun range. I’m not sure how that is relevant to my question. I wasn’t expecting a rude response, but that’s what I got, so clearly…I don’t know you as a person anymore.
David: Why would I like him?
Sheeple Says: I DON”T KNOW THAT’s WHY I NEEDED CLARIFICATION!
and you were a fucking ass about it.
David: I think ure stressed out
Sheeple Says: I think you were an ass for no reason. nevermind me trying to reach out. I was cleaning out my friends list and went to see who “liked” Trump and was surprised you did. Then I thought, he probably does to see posts etc. So I asked and that’s how you responded.
Just nevermind.
Cleaning out the friends list and you basically proved you aren’t my friend anymore. We haven’t talked in years, but I’ve kept up with your life. You did something highly contradictory to everything I thought you believed in and I questioned you about it. Hoping to then open a dialogue about your life and where you are and if you are happy….but never-fucking-mind, David. Nevermind.
David: Do what u what, ok? I have no reason to be attacked right now tori for all the outreach this is definitely the weirdest. I gotta say that you check his page more than I do
David: Oh lord *eye roll*
Sheeple Says: Maybe I’m being dramatic…but you could have just said “Oh hell no. I just like to stay informed..why would I like him?”.
So. sorry. I won’t bother you with questions again.
David: Thank goodness geez
David: Talk about ruining my day.
David: I did my taxes tho so u don’t have to be mad at me about that
Sheeple Says: I don’t get mad at people for not doing their taxes.
David: Yeah u do! Usually each year you’ll post something like about how everyone is waiting until the last minute and then you get FLOODED with people. I already did mine ?
David:?
David: I think of u when I do my taxes early ?
David: And I’m so freaked out about everything going on
Sheeple Says: Nope. I get mad at people for assuming it is MY PROBLEM if their taxes don’t get filed on time because they wait until April 10 to bring it to me. If you don’t file I don’t get mad. Until you come to me with an IRS notice for 5 years of I filed taxes and you complain how the IRS is “targeting” you.
Sheeple Says: Also, I get mad at staples in tax docs. But not people NOT filing.
David: Hahaha yeah that’s it!
Sheeple Says: I am stressed. I have worked over 240 hours this year already.
Oh wait. That’s just January.
David: Ugh omg
David: Hawaii sounds good right?
Well good luck! I can see you deleted me just like u wanted! Whatever makes u less stress out and happy makes me happy. I will still imagine ur smile and laugh and not this bitter feeling I got today