Monday, November 4, 2013

Still thinking

. . . about the Meridian piece.  Here's a curious by-product.  While Hilton's checklist isn't my checklist--at all--her piece did cause me to think about the things I value and ask myself if I am, in fact, measuring up when it comes to my own beliefs.  As it turns out, I could be doing better.  A LOT better, in some cases.

Life is full of strange and unintended consequences.


Megan said...

There seems to be this phenomenon of kind-of-preachy online articles which go viral, and then are inevitably followed by reaction articles to the original preachy essay. I'm not sure of the preachy articles circulate so quickly because we like us some sassy attitude in the discussion of relevant topics, or if as you mentioned, sometimes we are just a big online echo chamber, bouncing ideas around with people who think like us. I suppose if they make us ponder things more deeply even if we disagree with the premise, they serve a purpose.

Lisa B. said...

So here's one thing I find I dislike, as it turns out: the tendency to try to police the beliefs of others. I don't like it when others do it, and also, and this is key, I don't like it in myself when I do it. So that is my lesson today, after reading the Liberal Mormon piece in its entirety.

James said...

I agree with Lisa B...except when its my kids, then they should believe what I believe and do what I say. It would be so much easier if it worked that way. (Apparently that is not the way it goes.)

It seems the public discourse is becoming increasingly partisan. We say we believe in free speech, but we seem to only believe in it to extent that it stems with what we want to say.

As Voltaire "did not" say, but his biographer did, "I may not agree with what you say, but I will give my life to defend your right to say it."...or something like that.