I started this blog because I see a seriously disturbing trend in our ever anonymous world. We are down right mean to each other. It is completely possible that this has always been true, just not as visible; but that doesn’t mean anyone has to settle for it or like it. I am tired of ‘just letting things go’ or ‘agreeing to disagree’. While both of those are suitable for certain situations, it certainly shouldn’t be a way we have to conduct our lives.
The Internet amazes me. I love to learn and I love the intricacies of being human. With so much negativity and judgement in our societies today (I am not just talking about the USA here) we are scared to meet new people, leave our houses, travel, go to an unfamiliar church… you name it. Fear is what drives us, and anger and harshness is how we have evolved to express ourselves. The internet takes this nature in us and through anonymity allows us to say those things that we would never utter in person. Why? Why can’t we change that trend? I understand feeling passionate about your cause or belief, but why must we put down others in order to validate that for ourselves?
I have a rather lofty goal here and that is to help teach people how to learn and communicate. To help people understand the emotional response versus the thoughtful response. They aren’t that far apart and it only takes a little practice (and sometimes creative wordsmithing) in order to make a huge difference in how we communicate; especially online. The other goal is to promote continuous and lifetime learning. If you are a Christian, learning about another faith does not make you less of a Christian, if anything it strengthens your position. In some cases, you may inadvertently discover new things about your own faith or realize you have the power to represent those who share your beliefs in a positive and culturally significant way that leads people to believe with you. Constantly telling someone they are going to hell doesn’t really help anyone, however telling someone about your experiences with those you worship with, or your own personal miracles makes you the witness Christ asked you to be.
I didn’t mean to start things with religion, I could have chose politics and it would be just as bad. We are going to start small here though. We are going to build a community of people from all over the world if we can and learn from one another. “What is your favorite color and why?” will be a better starting point than “Explain your faith and why you believe in it.” We will get there.
I have faith in humanity and that we are capable of coming together and valuing each other. Let us be the change we want to see in the world (Gandhi) by starting here. I’ll do my part and all I ask is that you do your part and respect and learn from one another.
I look forward to our collective experience together!!