“WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WE’D LIKE TO WRITE ABOUT THAT DOESN’T REALLY ‘FIT’ OUR BLOG, WRITE IT ANYWAY.”
I don’t always post about social issues that bug me. Perhaps, it’s because I don’t want to risk being stereotyped because of my geographical background, race, religion, age, or politics. No one wanted to be “spindled, folded, or mutilated,” when I grew up–which was a vague reference to computer punch cards.
No one would readily admit to stereotyping, but we all consciously or consciously do it anyway. I’m what I am, because of my background, and consider these factors strengths, rather than weaknesses.
Has rational discourse gone out of fashion? It seems to be in shorter supply. It’s only through rational discourse with others of opposing viewpoints that we gain an understanding. There’d be fewer wars and riots if we as a people could settle differences rationally and calmly. Too simplistic? Perhaps–I’m still convinced it’s something to “shoot for,” (sorry, bad choice of words).
Intolerance, exclusion, insensitivity–three things I see demonstrated more every day. Does everybody need mandatory sensitivity training? Do we need to shout down opposing viewpoints? We’re from different backgrounds with different interests.
There are blogs dedicated to scrapbooking. I personally have no interest, but I applaud such interests. I see blog posts that are intolerant of opposing viewpoints. When did being intolerant ever help to change minds and hearts of those thought to be intolerant?
Posts that express inflammatory, intolerant, exclusionary, or insensitive viewpoints serve to polarize, rather than to unite. I don’t necessarily have to agree with opposing viewpoints to understand where they’re coming from.,
E. Pluribus Unim, “Out of many, one,” symbolized the grand social experiment that is our country. Out of the many cultural, political, religious backgrounds, we came together for the good of all. Are we proving our founding fathers wrong? Are we only concerned with personal, narrow, self-interests?
Editor’s Note: Since this was written four years ago, civility has spiraled downward. Rational discourse seems to have been left behind, replaced in some instances by acts of violence. Violence, begets more violence.