Illicit pressure

I’m essentially OK with the generic, feel good pass this along stuff that comes by on Facebook. What I’m not OK with is the unwarranted pressure.

Look at these two examples, the first arriving from someone I know and love and who has sincere and deep feelings about the effects of cancer on others we both know and love.

May I ask a personal favor…. only some of you will do it, and I know who you are, if you know someone who fought cancer and passed away, or someone who is still fighting… please add this to your status for 1 hour as a mark of respect and remembrance, I hope I was right about the people who will.

Here’s a rewrite lacking the onerous pressure to perform or else “I know who you are!”

May I ask a personal favor? If you know someone who fought cancer and passed away, or someone who is still fighting, please add this to your status for 1 hour as a mark of remembrance and respect.

Unfortunately, neither led to anyplace that would do any good, other than perhaps a moment of satisfaction in thinking a good thought about cancer victims. So, here’s a link where you can put your money where your smug is.

(The link is the obvious pick. Of course, many other worthy organizations would benefit from your largesse.)

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