This post changed me. It struck home.
I don’t have any illusions about this blog shaping public opinion or anything of that sort. I’ve always thought of it as just a place to express myself and to lay out the truth to a deaf and dying world, for those who have the ears to hear. I rarely link to other blogs; I hardly ever comment, because it’s all too often a vain attempt to be popular, and I’ve already been through that. I really try not to link spuriously.
I have been reticent to share too much of myself, because I fear that my political and spiritual views would hamper what else I do. Writing it down makes such fears appear silly, though, and that is a good thing. Who I am bleeds through into what I do; there would be no way to miss what I was saying in whatever I do if you looked hard enough.
And there is a little bit of self-righteousness creeping in, too. Do we feel somehow better if all we do is talk politics? Do we fear the crowd? Do we fear becoming infected or stained if we talk about our other interests? Do we fear our other interests eventually crowding out our philosophy of politics and our morality? You must live balanced. I think for some bloggers, the fear of infection is the predominant fear. Yet we know that fear is a thief.
I can’t say that I’ve never written about other subjects that were not primarily political or spiritual. I have written about my life; I have written about the psychology of media; I have written movie reviews, and book/audio reviews. However, I feel that the article above gave me the push I needed to fly further, instead of just circling the nest.
I think we need to stop fearing to be real people even though we are largely anonymous. I think we need to stop hiding our feathers. We need to start letting the light shine through our imperfect prisms. We need to stop fearing and be more alive online. Because popularity is not a concern, what is there to fear?
Now I will soar.