• By Lt. Tim McMillan

An Open Letter To My Facebook Page

Dear Facebook Friends, Followers, and Fan,

The ultimate measure that a person is judged by, is whether or not they are a good person.

Now, some may choose, not to be good people, however, that is a choice one makes with the understanding that their lives will be held in low esteem amongst the populous as a whole. Depending on how bad one chooses to be, they may be remembered in the annuals of history, only by their wickedness. Ultimately, to be a good person, represents the pinnacle of human free will, because the choice is always up to an individual.

Personally, I strive to be a good person.

In my pursuit of being a good person, my foremost goal is to be a good father and a good husband. I aim to be honest in my words and actions, and faithful to my friends and family. Additionally, I always try to maintain a degree of fearlessness in the presence of those who represent all that is bad in this world. I make effort to maintain an empathetic heart; even in the toughest of circumstances.

Equally, in importance, I aim to be unselfish, while also consistently striving to maintain sound mind and body.

If one is to pursue the path of being a good person, they must accept that they will fail, early and often. No person is ever truly flawless. When it comes to our failures, no truer words have ever been spoken than those of Ludwig Van Beethoven, when he said, "Nothing is more intolerable than to have to admit to yourself your own errors." However, in order to be a good person, one must not only accept their errors but also learn to embrace them. For every error made, is an opportunity to learn and grow.

Eventually, the most important aspect for anyone who aims to be a good person and to make a positive impact in this world is they must be able to distinguish between good and bad. This may seem very simple, however, truthfully it is not so uncomplicated. Often we only consider what is good in the context of our own lives and don't think much outside our purviews. In essence, we are selfish over what is good, because we believe that we each have some wisdom in the exclusivity over what is universal goodness. Which, begs the question, can we ever truly know what is the purest image of goodness to even attempt to emulate it in our everyday lives?

After spending a lot of time pondering this paradox, I have come to the steadfast conclusion, yes. Yes, indeed there does exist a universal sense of goodness that permeates everything in existence. Objectively, to conclude there does not exist a universal quintessence of goodness is nonsensical. In fact, it is illogical, in the sense that for unanimous goodness to not exist would mean that the concept of virtuousness would be unprecedented.

Nothing in our known world can be rendered to absolute exclusiveness. Rather, everything that exists, does so by a collaboration of parts, all the way down to the molecular level. Therefore, in order to exist in isolation something must also exist in collusion. The fact, that all of humanity has some sense of goodness, means that goodness is a component of humanity. Thus, goodness has its own pristine form, and yet it still cannot exist without the human component.

That is when I considered something, that in truth, I have realized of for quite some time. I realized, that as I look through the people who follow, comment and engage on my Facebook page… Indeed, I see a large group of really good people!

The people who make up my page are comprised of men and women, ages 13 to 65+. They represent all 33 of the IMF’s developed nations and 25% of all of the countries in the world. In fact, 7% don’t even read what I write in English. Those that follow my Facebook page, collectively represent all of the racial, cultural and ethnic demographics that can be found in the entire world. Every single world religion is represented, which also includes people who consider themselves agnostic or atheistic.

As far as Americans go, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories are there. Least we forget, when it comes to politics there are Republicans and Democrats, indeed sharing the same space. Now, admittedly there are more Democrats than Republicans, primarily because, though I myself am very moderately minded when it comes to politics, the bulk of topics I discuss seem to be more consistent with what people consider to be liberal beliefs. Frankly, because of this, I actually have a great deal of respect for the more conservative minded people who stick around and contribute to my page. Essentially, life’s pretty easy when you only deal with like-minded people. However, in truth that isn’t real life at all.

Each person, in their own unique way, adds value to my Facebook page. They all in their own distinctive fashion enrich my life and the lives of each other. Truthfully, if you consider the number of controversial topics, I consistently bring up, the fact that so many diverse people are all on my page represents a shining example of collaborative diversity in action. Therefore, fundamentally, by the mere willingness to be here, in the same digital space, with so many diverse individuals, it truly makes everyone on my Facebook page a good person.

Now, in truth, many me on my Facebook page, as well as a host of others around the globe, consider the tone of humanity right now to be one that feels worrisome and unpromising. However, in light of this menacing atmosphere, I say that this is actually a great thing for all of the world’s good people. In fact, right now, all of the world’s good people find themselves in a position that few generations in all of human history have been so honored to experience.

It is only a rare, few generations of people, have ever found themselves in the position of serving as the defenders of all that is universally righteous, during a time when goodness feels nonexistent. As such, the temperament of darkness that seems to permeate our existence, should not be feared as a harbinger of our demise. Rather, it should serve as a spark that ignites all those who represent that universal goodness. Right now, we all now have a significant responsibility to this world and to all of the generations that will come behind us.

So as the world feels darker, good people must not flee in fear. Rather, we should welcome the darkness as it means that allows us to shine bright. Most importantly, we must never let the uniqueness of our lights ever prevent us from sharing it with others throughout the globe. Always remember, that it is the darkest nights in which we see the brightest stars. So it is the responsibility of all of us, the good people throughout this world, to gather together and light up the sky.

At the end of the day, if someone tells you that a collective of diverse people can never get along. Politely tell them, they are wrong. Because, every person on my Facebook page is doing it right now and for that, I truly say thank you to you all.

Lastly, I saw Thursday that Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had changed its mission statement to now say, “To give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together." I say this is great news, Mr. Zuckerberg, however, at least when it comes to the people who make up my page, we’ve been doing just that this whole time. Nevertheless, we will still gladly welcome more to join us.

Tim McMillan is a retired police lieutenant and investigative intelligence analyst; and holds BA's in mathematics and cognitive psychology. Primarily, focusing on the Defense and Intelligence Communities, he now uses his unique background, coupled with a willingness to examine any mystery, to deliver groundbreaking investigative reporting. Tim is a contributor for The War Zone, Vice, and Popular Mechanics

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