I have a bunch of posts that I will probably never publish. Not because I think they aren’t good enough or because they are too private to share, but because they touch on subjects that are like grenades. I have tried to discuss them before and it just turns into a huge mess. I am totally aware that I am not the best at explaining non-scientific type things to people, I guess this comes into it. Anyway, it’s been eating away at me that the number of posts in this category is growing.
I consume a tonne of information, lots in the way of blogs and from a real cross section of society. Some of those posts make me feel uncomfortable, they force me to think about things, to expand my horizons. I think this is a good thing. I like challenging myself in this way.
For the most part I have found that, through twitter, I have had some really amazing, eye opening discussions with people from totally different walks of life. Whether we agreed or disagreed, both sides were heard, debated in a passionate manner. I have also had the misfortune to stray into conversations I have almost immediately regretted. I say conversation, I mean monologues, where only one side is heard in a way that prevents any learning, growing or sharing of opinions.
My point is this, before you decide where in the Venn diagram of life I belong, before you sweep me up in your mass generalisations, before you dismiss me entirely, just take a second and consider whether building bridges is a better choice than building walls.