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Some time ago, I was the subject of a series of negative posts on a blog. I was criticized for my often Christian perspectives and for my attitudes toward preparedness. I said nothing, because I don't care. It's just as important for people with whom I don't agree to blog, as it is for me to post my own perspectives. This was a cornerstone to American life, at least until the last regime was crowned. In addition, people who become angry at something you have said, are reading and considering what you have said, and for any writer, that is a not-so-small victory in itself.
Of late, other bloggers I respect and read have also been the target of both negative press/blog and the recipients of negative actions. I wanted to weigh in a bit on this. First of all, we are not going to agree on everything we discuss here. We are not supposed to. It's my job as a nurse and former college instructor to tell you what I have noticed and what concerns me, and it's your job, as an electrician, an insurance agent, a dentist, or whatever else, to tell me about what concerns you, and what you've learned on our collective and all-too-short trip to Earth. I am entitled to my perspectives, just as you are entitled to your own.
Understand that when you do express your perspectives in cyberspace, that someone somewhere is not going to be in agreement. Sometimes, rather than attacking our logic or our words, they will mistakenly attack you. This is unfortunate, but it most certainly comes with the territory.
The broadest concern I have regarding blogrolls being turned to attack-fests is that by indulging these impulses, we may defeat some of the good which comes from what we do here. I have learned a lot of things from "just plain folks" over the internet over the years. Much of the real work of the world is done by them, and they have much to say. I hope others have learned from posts I have spent time creating also.
I don't care what your political perspectives are, but life is about to get a good deal more difficult for all of us, whether you are libertarian, conservative, liberal, Christian, Confucian, or whether you are swearing off all the labels entirely. There may be limited time in which to prepare for some real challenges, whether they be emotional, financial, political, or otherwise. Consider using these forums as a way to educate and share with each other, and as a means of helping one another during real world massive challenges, just as so many of you have so well with our friends at Mystic Mud.. We may not have time for the scrapping. Let's entertain, educate, and encourage each other as long as we can.
As they say in my neck of the woods, "Nuff said".