I'm talking about the educated, reasonable-in-all-appearances bloggers.
As poisonous as gossip is, so much more the written word. So, yes, blogging is a form of diary to most but if you're going to let the public in on your private world? I firmly believe you need to act responsibly. Your feelings about your life, what the dog ate, problems at your kid's school - yes. Opinions? yes. Opinions based on ignorance? Umm. As Jesus is Truth, and He is called The Word, might there be something more critical in the written (recorded) word than the ones spewed out over coffee?
Here's what George Orwell said about the written word:
"One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language, and that one can probably bring about some improvement by starting at the verbal end....The word Fascism has now no meaning except insofar as it signifes 'something not diesrable.' The words democracy, socialism, freedom, patriotic, realistic, justice, have each of them several different meanings which cannot be reconciled with one another...Words of this kind are often used in a consiously dishonest way." - George Orwell in "Politics and the Englsih Language"
I just read a blog in which a suburban stay-at-home mom/wife to a doctor with one child spouts off about healthcare reform. She moans about how hard her husband worked to get into med school, how sad her little girl is because he's working 3rd shift and how have they 200K in student loans. Legitimate fodder for a blog, in my opinion. That I think she's whiney and ungrateful is beside the point. I don't have to read it, right? And I won't.
But the facts? Please have SOME inkling about what you are talking about. The other day, I made a comment on a blog about Pee Wee Herman being a child molester. Pee Wee Herman! My fingers don't even want to type his name!! Bleagh! I had to DEL key several times! Now, I am NOT bragging. I'm just giving you an example. I found out he was never charged of molestation. He's definitely convicted for being WIERD but not that other thing. I retracted my comment on the blog. I didn't have to, and the blogger lovey even LOL'd me. But I felt I needed to because I didn't want to add to the floating fodder that he is, when he isn't. (As far as anyone knows.)
This blogger said 'every hospital is required to treat everyone.' That's the law. Rules are meant to be broken, right?! Do you know what really happens? The "undesirables" get ambulanced to other (undesirable) hospitals. Undesirable might mean you, lady, if your nice doctor gets disabled and can't get health insurance. Some even die in the waiting room. And. AND. If they get treated? THEY GET A BILL that even we couldn't, nor this said blogger could AFFORD! And you don't think you're already paying for all this care? You don't think these same people maybe should have a plan instead of going to the ER all the time?
There are many reasons to not like the healthcare bill. A dear friend of mine doesn't like it because she doesn't trust the government to do a good job. OK! I accept that! I have lots of comments about it, but I buy it! Nobody even has to give a reason. It's a free country, right? But if you give a reason? and it's in writing? and it's in the public domain? Have some sense of responsibility.
'He's worked so hard, we didn't ask for anything, and why should I give anything away??' she says. It's called SHARING. It might not be in the form of a government program, but don't be so selfish and hateful. It's called LOVE. It's called HUMILITY.
...behold! a great multitude that no one could number, **from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,** standing before the throne and before the Lamb... Revelations 7:9
“But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.
At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me in your saving faithfulness.”
- Psalm 69:13
Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
- Isaiah 43: 1-3
Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless;
maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Rescue the weak and needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
- Psalm 82:3-4
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. - Proverbs 22:9
I wonder if she went to Kindergarten.