A Voice of Reason: Sane Views for a Crazy World

April 8, 2007

Birds of a Feather Flock Together

Filed under: Culture,Family,General,Inspirational,Philosophy,Politics — avoiceofreason @ 4:58 pm

I have come to a conclusion about blogging, and it is the title of this post.  After about two months of this I realize within my ownself that I am seeking some sort of validation by doing this.  I mean, why put in this time and effort to get out your voice, if no one hears or pipes in with an “Amen” once in awhile.  There is nothing wrong with that, but it is a bit dangerous.

I feel that one of the largest reasons, and I don’t have any stats to back this up, so I’m just going on what I sense from talking with others, that some of the greater social problems in our time are exacerbated by the internet and the ease that fringe people can find affirmation for their subculture and beliefs in a relatively short amount of time.  I also feel that information is a good thing, particularly in a democracy such as the US has, but where you get that information from also has a good deal of bearing upon its validity.

Although this is a small flock, I have a feeling that most of the readers here are conservative on some issues, progressive on others, and don’t like the type of blather that is seen on such heavy hitter blogs such as Kos, Polipundit, The Ace of Spades, and the Huffington Report.  I could be wrong, but I hope I am not.  Now, I have visited all of these sites, and actually was very involved with one, but I realized that blogs, like people often tend to be xenophobic, and shun views that don’t mirror their own.

I hope you all would think that I try to be fair.  While I have at times disagreed with some comments posted here, and have posted my own comments that echoed sentiments shown on the various blogs listed in the roll, I have tried to always maintain an air of friendliness, which is missing on the other blogs.  It is painful when your voice has remained the same, that a group of posters and commentators shun you, as has happened to me on a blog where I contributed for many years, even had teleconference calls with some of these people on election night.  To have them drag your name through the mud is not pleasant, but again, why am I here?  I probably “should” be doing other things.  I have a stack of papers still not marked, and am late for an Easter celebration, and my course work is not fully up to date.

Am I in such a state of need for approval and affirmation that I do this?  Or is what I do good for the soul and hopefully for some small amount of others.  I don’t honestly know.   However, I kind of like the flock that has gathered here, and for some reason I think most of us share the same values.  We may not like certain things in society, but we really don’t like marginilization and hostility less.  I think I would not mind those who frequent this blog and comment, share as we corporately reflect on the big and small issues of life, over to my humble house for a cup of coffee and to just share and enjoy time together.  May your feathers reflect the bird you are.  Happy flights.



  1. Interesting thoughts. I often ask, “Why am I doing this?” and haven’t completely sorted it out.

    I avoid the “big” blogs because they are so manufactured. There is no sense of community there. I mean, if there are hundreds of comments who is going to read them all? It is mainly just people venting.

    I do appreciate blogs like this one where people can have some honest differences of opinion and share the rationale for their views.

    Comment by Neil — April 8, 2007 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

  2. So true, although sometimes I WISH I was one of those mega blogs!!!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 8, 2007 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  3. Actually, I read several different blogs and while most are conservative, I also read some liberal ones. I like to read blogs that focus on a variety of topics, some politics and a lot of life in general.

    While my ideas tend to match yours in most cases, keep enlightening us…

    Comment by Randy — April 8, 2007 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  4. I am the same, although I am not conservative on all issues, I just can’t take the hard right, or the hard left, so I read as much as I can tolerate of them, and then go on to more centrist blogs. No reason arguing with the ideologues, it’s not as if their minds are going to be enlightened.

    Comment by Avoiceofreason — April 9, 2007 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  5. I started doing this a few months ago because I felt like I had to do something. I kept seeing the things I believe in being attacked, and decided to do this to try and fight back.
    As you can probably tell by my writing style I have no experience in writing, but it has been a kind of therapy in a way.
    I at least feel like I am getting my opinions out there.
    I guess it is sort of validation as you said.

    Comment by mpinkeyes — April 9, 2007 @ 2:04 am | Reply

  6. Well, whatever reason used, is certainly a valid one, and it’s good to develop a sense of community among people that have similar interests. 🙂

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 9, 2007 @ 6:31 am | Reply

  7. “I have a feeling that most of the readers here are conservative on some issues, progressive on others, and don’t like the type of blather that is seen on such heavy hitter blogs such as Kos, Polipundit, The Ace of Spades, and the Huffington Report.”

    Right on friend. I am all over the board. A raging capitalist that supports the legalization of most drugs. That is but a small sampling.

    I find Huffington post rather obnoxious, and KOS practically unreadable (due to its vitriolic nature).

    Comment by totaltransformation — April 9, 2007 @ 1:36 pm | Reply

  8. The vast majority of blogs are echo chambers for those who subscribe to a set point of view. But the blogosphere is certainly large enough to accommodate communities where reasonable people can disagree reasonably but still have a little fun now and then, and I have found to my delight that there are more than a few blogs of this kind if you look for them. I, too, try to model my own blog to be of that type.

    Comment by hydralisk — April 10, 2007 @ 3:15 am | Reply

  9. Well TT – Conservativism “used” to be Libertarian, but that was when Conservativism was heralded by the likes of Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater, and Bob Dole. It ain’t the same game anymore.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 10, 2007 @ 3:52 am | Reply

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