For many bloggers, writing honestly about what one thinks is becoming an exercise in self-censorship. It seems one can be thought of as offensive without any intention of doing so since it seems offense is in the eye of the beholder. I often find myself hesitating to post items that may offend someone, only to realize I cannot know who, if, where, when, or why.
So what to do.
I know my views are always subject to change upon receiving new information. I think that being flexible and open to information is the best way to have as clear a picture of a given topic as possible. This does not mean changing views with every new fact. It simply means being able to look at facts, being able to determine if they are actually facts, and then integrating them into one’s thinking.
Over the years I’ve supported a variety of positions on a given topic. Sometimes I’ve turned out to be correct, other times not. But I’ve always tried to consider alternative views to my own because this actually lends strength to my ideas. In the case of my opinions, rather than assessments of facts, I am aware that what I am expressing are my personal preferences.
Sometimes, I am aware that my writings will be unacceptable to some people. As this blog is ultimately about living a good life and finding some peace, I prefer not to write things that can be upsetting. Hence the tendency to self-censor.
Such is the case with the post called “Exasperation”. While I didn’t write it, it spoke to my frustration with much of what is presented in media these days. Indeed I am exasperated with the level of social and political conflict promoted by media these days.
Since I never set out to upset anyone intentionally and cannot control how others react to what is said, the best policy seems to be to just write what is on my mind and accept what happens. I know that I do not go out of my way to offend or upset people. So if anyone is offended by something I say, then please just stop reading this blog. You can be a personal censor and I can keep writing. A win win.