I really don’t like to lose readership, it is like losing an old friend in some cases. Whether online or in RL I don’t like to unnecessarily offend people. But I also recognize that people get offended at times without one’s even trying. Online, sometimes it is misreading, sometimes it is stumbling onto a facet of a personalities that was heretofore unseen. It happens.
Of those who I know to have offended – it is interesting to me that it has usually been from posting someone elses thoughts in a quote. I will often quote those whose opinions resonate with mine, or if I feel strongly enough to dispute. There are times when I am more laid back on a matter, but I feel someone is highlighting something important to think about. This is how I want to live and to communicate.
The fact is that people are quick to get offended and they often do it on the fly. I think -for whatever the reason- we are more prone to hairtrigger tempers nowadays. This observation goes with the one made by many on the general political temperament.
What can I say? It is sad that the only two responses tend to be either toning everything down to a contentless and tasteless pablum…good for all the babified egos out there, or retreating to the further reaches of ones own clique, to the satisfaction of hardliner party loyalists.
I suppose it is my eventual destiny to go down in flames because I won’t capitulate to either choice. I embrace the martyr in me. I think the need for dialogue is too important… or I am too blind or too lazy to negotiate the proper channels through the increasingly difficult- to-navigate waters that the public venue has become.
And so I must lose the good will of some readers, but not without some sadness on my part. Because it isn’t as if I don’t care.
It does no good to warn people, there is too much image making that we have swallowed- too much presumption that people are not only not complex, but easily read with just a few categorical symbols. We have become those who not only judge a book solely upon the cover, but those who are quick to stamp approve/disapprove and never look back.
But of the things to be remembered by, I think my devotion to God is the one that should remain and be considered the overarching distinction.
My gardens are already decaying and disintegrating.
….on another note
Before I was interrupted by RL I was in the process of redesigning the blog. I’ll be playing around with it soon… so if it doesn’t look right to you- besure to come back or to leave a note in the comments. Thanks:)