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It has come to my attention (more than once) that at least a few of my Facebook friends think I choose what I post simply to stir up debate. Among those friends, I found out, is my wife. I'd like to take a moment to present my side of the story on that issue. And, I'm not presenting my side just to "defend" myself. There is another motivation behind this, too.
When one person accused me of posting simply for the sake of inciting people, I thought it was just her point of view. She's a Conservative and I know it must seem like I just bash Conservatives for fun. And I would guess some of my Conservative friends think I am picking on them personally. My wife doesn't understand why I get so involved in controversial issues and why I have to air my opinions on "personal matters" publicly. So, she (and others) have assumed that I must post things when I get bored just to get conversations started so I won't be bored anymore. That is not the case. Actually, I don't have a lot of time to get bored.
Rarely, do I post blog posts or news articles that are directed at a particular person. There are exceptions. The other day there was an article about eating well and eating cheaply. My friend Annie and I have discussed that several times with me taking the position it is nearly impossible to eat well and eat cheaply and that junk food is much cheaper and easier to get. The article took Annie's point of view. I posted it mainly for Annie to see.
So, why do I post the things I do? Well, I post things that interest me. Hopefully, they'll interest other people, too. If you've been my friend on Facebook for long or read my blog more than a couple of times you probably realize I am one of those "social justice" Christians. I mainly post things that, in my humble opinion, will make you (and me) a better person, my state a better state, our country a better country and/or our planet a better planet. I am one of those Christians who believes when Jesus said the Kingdom of God is at hand He did not mean that G-d was about to come swooping in on chariots (then or now). He meant that Jesus was here to usher in a new kind of relationship between people and with G-d and that we have to work to bring that to fruition. I believe that we each have to do our part to make that happen and that is what I am trying to do with my "voice" on the Internet. I do not believe Jesus is coming back to either save or destroy the planet (depending on your view of eschatology). I believe it's up to us to work with G-d to make the planet what He envisions it could be.
Are my posts biased? You betcha! No claims of "fair and balanced" here. I am not a news organization. I present one man's opinion. I am not ashamed to be Liberal in my politics and in my religion. If asked, I'll give you justification for my point of view. If you disagree with me, I am more than happy to discuss why you are right and I am wrong and I'll tell you why I think I am right. Do I like it when people discuss my posts? Yes, I do. That means you read it and it had some impact on you.
A confession. I do try to stir things up. I try to stir up people's hearts and minds. I know I'll never convince my Conservative friends to become Liberals. But, maybe I'll make them think about a particular issue differently. Maybe I'll cause them to think what's the motivation behind people like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck. Maybe I'll get them to realize that the government does have some role to play in social justice issues.
While I am not a Buddhist by religion, I do agree with the majority of Buddhist philosophy. One of the most important things about karma is that karma is not determined by the actions we take but by the motivation or the intention behind those actions. We cannot cling to the outcomes we hope to get from our actions because the outcomes are beyond our control. When I do things I try to remember to ask myself "What do you hope to accomplish by doing this?" When it comes to my blog, I am putting out thoughts into the world with a hope and a prayer that it makes the planet just a little better.