I know I am passionate about certain things…things like politics, religion and human interactions. I can become a raging lunatic too.
I used to enjoy discussing opposite points of view with people whose ideas or beliefs were diametrically opposed to my own. I could do so without being emotional…and I miss that.
For the past three years I have watched myself (and others) lose the ability to have rational political discussions…or religious ones. We have become so polarized it seems there can never be a meeting of the minds..or at least a desire to see another person’s viewpoint.
We have a sort of anonymity here in the bloggosphere which seems to give us permission to just let loose when we are angered or disturbed by current events…we denigrate those who think differently…we call each other vile words or names.
And I feel some shame for taking part in it…for glorying (as it were) in my own feeling of superiority over those who disagree.
I can not begin to understand a certain political point of view…that of being “behind the President” regardless of the lies, the obstruction and the racism. I fought for too long to be “as good as” anyone else in the workplace and the voting booth to back down from what I perceive to be wrong, but I will think before I speak (or write) from now on.
I am proud of the fact that I am a liberal-minded person. I do not think people are better or worse due to their skin color or creed…I do act on my beliefs and work for change in appropriate ways. …but I am not happy that I have mouthed off and denigrated others for their politics. That behavior will cease as of this minute….and I will work on being a better person in the future.
I thankfully am just a tiny voice in this world we bloggers inhabit. I don’t seriously have to worry that some mental case will read my horrified reactions to what our nation is becoming and go off to commit violence somewhere. But I do worry about what I personally am projecting into the world…and I am choosing a more peaceful and thoughtful way of sending my thoughts into the world.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”