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Friday, July 08, 2005

How politics can damage your soul

This is going to be short, as I have to get ready for Shabbat. As the disengagement gets closer and closer, I have seen people's lack of consideration for others' and tensions rise. On other blogs, people are unwilling to hear other people's point of view when it comes to this very hostile topic. I've read threats to erase remarks of opposing view-points. I've seen people being called names for having different points of view. I've seen people being asked not to even comment IF they have different points of view. When did it comes to this? I understand that blogging is a very good means to vent and to express one's point of view. As you are reading this, I'm doing it right now. However, if you don't want some-body to comment, or you don't want some-body to write something that you disagree with, take out the option for people to comment. People other than those close to you read blogs. They stubble on them by accident or through other blogs. It's not a very big world, and not every person that stumbles across a blog agrees with everything that that person writes. As long as there is a comment option, they have a right to voice their opinion. Or, we can all be gestapo, and make sure the world sees only those comments that bobble-head their ascent. If you read comments made on things I've written, there are plenty of dissenting views. So be it. I'm not saying that I'm perfect for saying that people can say what they want, but if you're going to write something that any-one can see, (The internet is not a private diary.) be prepared for people to not agree with what you have to say.
Now, I know there will be people that will stumble across this blog and think that I am writing directly to them. Well, you should get over yourself, b/c I am writing this as a commentary towards the entire blogger world. If you feels that this applies to you, then so be it. Maybe, you'll think differently afterward, and maybe you won't. Maybe, you'll leave a really nasty comment, or maybe you'll just say never to visit your blog again. That's your prerogative. But, be aware that as long as your blog is in the internet, you are exposed and vulnerable, and people are privied to see what you have to say and will feel they have a right to express themselves as much as you. Even if you know the people who are writing, it doesn't make a difference. This is a world where we have no names and no identity other than what we create through the words that we write. There is no relationship. To think otherwise is pretty rediculous. Again, this has been a rant brought to you by a disgruntled blogger, who feels that as long as the internet is public, and people allow for others to make comments, they should be aware that they are vulnerable to things they may not like and agree with. Live with it. Later. Shabbat Shalom.


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