It is Sunday, for most a day of reflection, for others a day to get things done before the workweek starts up again.
I will choose reflection in this case, reflecting on recent events causing much disharmony in the blogosphere.
The blogosphere presents itself as a forum for differing viewpoints and discussion without the normal attachments of friendship. You are able to post comments on issues important in your life along with many other folks in the cyberscopic world of the blogosphere. Everyone is a faceless entity, unencumbered by issues that are present in normal one to one exchanges. You can be as rude or nice as you want to be without fear of repercussions. Slinging verbal shit where otherwise a more thoughtful approach in real life would restrict that.
What strikes me is the sheer gaul of some to post vile and vicious comments that they would not dare say to their mothers or fathers, or even friends. Rudeness rules the roost in a lot of areas, where friendliness once existed.
The Golden Rule has not been banished yet and still should apply to all forms of communication. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you" is not just a cute phrase, it is a WISE phrase. Following the simple phrase should allow fair and equitable discussions in most cases, that is the general intent. Harmony among humanity is not easily achived, as anyone that survived childhood can attest. So it is that it takes a certain amount of effort to forgive ones grievous errors and move on. The inability or unwillingness to put forth forgiveness, stifels growth and smothers the fragile flame of friendship.
Some folks believe no matter what is said, they are right, and will not budge in their opinion. Others believe they are right, but when offered a different viewpoint, will reconsider their position, if it is deemed appropriate.
We must remain flexible enough to accept change and differing viewpoints, stubborness and self rightousness do not allow personal growth, rather they stunt it, leaving us stuck in the mire of non-growth. Easy to understand if you look at the music today and how you view it. Do you view it with disdain? "those young kids and their crummy music" or "I listened to Coldplay and really think they are great". Two opposite viewpoints created by two different personalities, one willing to look forward, one stuck in the past.
We cannot change our past, we can only move forward, lets move forward to a better world, leave the past behind, forgive your enemies, refuse to carry those grudges around, to do otherwise is at our own peril.