Sometimes you just need to find the strength to hold back. In today’s world, social media makes it very hard to fly under the radar and be unnoticed. In this world it is important to remember that everything you post on social media is out there and will truly stay out there. The way you respond to a situation may become your footprint. And if you don’t do it right… that can stay with you.
At times it may be tempting to respond negatively to something you don’t agree with, whether it be on social media or in person. This is when you have to find the strength to hold back. It is much better to hold back and let someone believe what they want instead of responding negatively and making a fool out of yourself. In a very opinionated world, it is very important to allow others to have opinions of their own.
The way I’m going to try to fulfill this idea is to adhere to the line from Ethics of our Fathers (4:1), “Who is mighty? He who subdues his passions, as it is written, ‘One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is controlled than one who captures a city. (Proverbs 16:32)’” I’d rather become strong by learning to control my reactions, rather than by showing other people they’re wrong. This kind of strength is more important to who I am as Jew.
Jacob Belleli, Senior, Beachwood High School