People are so quick to tell you how to live your life and what to do with it. This is especially true on social media with complete strangers on Facebook commenting on advertisements for soft drinks or fast food trying to discourage everyone else from consuming a product they themselves don’t want to.

You only have to find a supermarket deal on milk for a bunch of vegans to tell you that milk is bad for you (rather than let you do your own research) or some anti-Coca Cola veterans for to tell you the dangers of sugary drinks, how they’re used to clean oil from driveways and that you’re going to destroy your insides if you continue to enjoy the little things.

As a highly opinionated society, it has become ingrained in us to tell others how to live. We are programmed to think it is okay to tell each other what to be offended by, what to find appropriate and what is acceptable. When it comes to food, drink or politics it is fine for us to educate each other, but not to tell people how to live.

This entire mentality has likely stemmed from the government and religion telling society what is right and wrong.

Fast food = bad

Smoking = bad

Drinking to excess = bad

The list goes on, but at the end of the day, we all have the freedom to do as we wish. If you want to drink coke, go for it. If you want to eat meat, then do so. If you want to clog your lungs up then be my guest. Hate Muslims? That’s fine; it’s your choice to feel as you wish. Why should I change your views? You cannot educate those not willing to be educated and an opinion is the right of a person.

Respect is required by all and that includes the respect that some people don’t think or feel the way you do about what is okay, what is healthy and what is acceptable.


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Sunny Winterson

Obviously an alias, Sunny is a Canadian journalist who has worked with several mainstream news outlets.

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