life in public. Thankfully is is merely a hint of a taste, second
hand. My personal blog HERE is fairly private with just a few folks
who check in from time to time and those folks being rational, sane,
and friendly. Phew!
Reading a few other more widely patronized blogs has let me know how
lucky I am. Life in public is life spent as a target. People seem to
read less to learn or share than to find fault and criticize. I get
the feeling that simply be walking out the door among other people I
must be subject to their judgement. Okay, I guess that has always
been true, but we seem to have lost the old belief that "if you can't
say something good about someone, don't say anything at all." Public
opinion rules in some very vicious and unfortunate ways and it speaks
volumes for how our society works these days. Private lives are
ripped open and scrutinized, virtual mobs are formed as judges and
juries. Facts? Who needs them? Rumors and conjecture will do. Reality
television and network opinion masquerading as news run the world.
I cannot plead innocence in this runaway right to judge. It has long
been a character fault of mine to do exactly that. But as I see small
minds laden down with the importance of their small ideas I observe
my own with some embarrassment. I'm trying to learn silence and the
wisdom of waiting for information before making up my mind. One can
observe with closed lips and open mind.