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The World Wide Warzone

6 Sep

It’s a been quite awhile since I posted last. I’d like to say there’s a good excuse, like ‘my laptop is broken’ or ‘I got a new job’, but I bought a new battery for that ol’ dinosaur of a machine and my job has only given me more hours during the day of which I’m online. My real excuse is that Jeremy and I moved to a new apartment with free cable, and boy do I love me some tv.

Anyway, like I said before, my job affords me quite a bit of free time during which I catch up on news and special interest stories. I never cared for reading the news much. I know that’s ignorant of me to say, but after how much I’ve read about rape, murder, and pending war, I miss my days of ignorant bliss. What I’ve found the most disturbing though is not the content of the news so much as the comments left after it. I like to believe that most people will surprise you with kindness, but those people are NOT the ones leaving comments on message boards. I’m shocked by what people write. I read an article by a mother sharing a parenting experience, which was replied to with people suggesting she should have been sterilized before puberty. Who says that?!

My mother never said the classic, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Lots of other people’s mom might have, but my mom said, “Mind your business.” Sure, this is America, where everyone can state their opinions because its our government-given (not God-given…I’m pretty sure the Bible has quite a bit to say about keeping your tongue in check) right. But if you don’t have anything remotely helpful to say to someone and you’re only result is straight offense to not only the writer, but often an entire group of people, why not just keep it moving? What happened to constructive criticism? What happened to loving responses? If you’re ever in the mood to be offended by broad, hateful statements about race, religion, politics, sex, marriage, or pretty much anything else. The deterioration of our culture can certainly be found on message boards.

On a lighter note, I have found this blog-vent very therapeutic, and I plan to go home and work on the blog post I started at the end of June with my dip-dyed shorts. Also, Christmas is coming and I’m ready to load up on yarn and other goodies to start my multitude of homemade gifts.