I guess I'm feeling the guilts about doing this and want to know what I did was okay. (I'm willing to apologize and take my lumps if necessary.)
Yesterday, I unfriended and blocked someone on facebook. We were bridesmaids for each other a quarter century ago when we worked together but we have done worked together in many years. I know she has severe chronic health issues that have been worsening that have also affected her work life (she lost her job after many years).
While I'm sympathetic to her plight and I like her and wish her well, I felt compelled to defriend her because her political views are at the opposite end of the spectrum from mine and the items she "shares" on Facebook are becoming increasingly inflammatory toward people who believe as I do. Those shares are indeed the majority of her posts, except for an occasional note to respond to birthday/anniversary wishes etc. No real news. I private messaged her with some information about a potential job opportunity then asked about it, but no response even to that.
It's also been a long time since she's responded to any of my posts, of any type, including major news. A while back I shared something that probably was against her beliefs (so be it) so I think she may have blocked me or something. I have long since stopped doing so and I ignore political/controversial posts. Until yesterday...
What happened yesterday was she shared a particularly inflammatory item against my beliefs. I had been deciding to cull my friend list for a long time any way, leaving it strictly to family and business relationships. The shared posts was the straw that broke the camel's back. I wrote a lengthy comment in response (trying to politely and respectfully state my side of things), posted it, then went through and defriended/blocked her. Then I went through and culled a lot of my friends (high school classmates, parents of my children's classmates etc.).
I guess I feel guilty essentially putting the nail on the coffin of a friendship I care about. I wish her well and respect her a great deal. But I'd rather remember the fun times we had together than be perpetually stirred up by her posts.
So, did I do the right thing?