Something I often wonder is if I should dare blog about more topical issues based on the current climate of our society here in the States. I go back and forth on this for a number of reasons. Does my opinion (because that’s what it is) matter? Would I add anything of value to the conversation? Is it a conversation or just a screaming match? You get it, right? It doesn’t take much effort to look through the porthole and find the rocks being thrown (verbally and physically these days) when it comes to opposing views.So let’s just talk more about storytelling!!! Just kidding. I wouldn’t tease you just for the sake of peaking interest.
For myself, I should state that I am not oblivious to the happenings outside of my bubble here in California, deep in the Mojave Desert. I have taken an interest recently and at the beginning (I admit, I stayed clear of social issues/politics for several years simply because my interests lay elsewhere) I was left sort of at a loss. I realized I knew very little about what was going on. You’d think as a writer, I’d be more in tune with the world. You thought wrong! I’ve been more curious about other time periods to be honest (as a fantasy writer, you tend to focus more on that period called “Medieval”).
This post is not meant to convince anyone of anything. Go back to one of my first posts back in January. I believe wholeheartedly in the value of someone else’s opinions, thoughts, convictions, etc. I’m not a salesman. I gain nothing for trying to convert (it’s you who gains everything! Kidding. My smugness knows no bounds). For myself, I’m simply trying to understand the world better and make sure I’m educated on history. It’s the best resource we have to progressing and not committing the same mistakes. Let’s not be a society that returns to its own vomit (gross but appropriate).
I’m of the opinion that people have value and that should not be based on ability. Abilities can be lost or dwindle and therefore that means value can be lost. Things without value are discarded and forgotten. We should avoid this when it comes to people. The greatest atrocities in history were committed because the value of others was diminished. People are intrinsically valuable for the sake of their being alive. Without going on a philosophical tangent, I’ll simply say that life is limited within the confines of time and what all people want is to find, experience, and maintain joy and to be loved. I think those two basic needs can be sufficient for the purposes of this post.
As you’ve no doubt noticed, I haven’t and won’t likely dive into any hot button issues in these types of blog posts. I’m not convinced it’s necessary for the time being. I will offer my thoughts and you can either decide to read or not read them. If you decide you disagree and feel the need to scream and yell, then it’ll fall on deaf ears because I control the comments. If you write a blog, you can do the same thing for yourself. If ever there is the chance for conversation (respectful and honoring each others views), then what will be welcomed.
There’s a vast need for discussions that are not based on anger. Disagreement should be welcome. There’s value in hearing and understanding someone else’s views. That is not to say the more extreme views (anything that diminishes the value of another person) should be widely scrutinized. Hate is an element of evil and that’s not what I’m talking about. Opposing views can and should be invited into communities.
Call to Action: Find the gold in those you disagree with. Obviously, you can’t do this with randoms on the interwebz. Trolls are aplenty in the comment sections of YouTube and other websites. However, everyone has people within the walls of their social circles (or at least you should) that has opposing views to your own. If you know you can have a true conversation, then I would encourage you to do so. You’ll learn some things from them and possibly yourself. Happy living!!!