Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Temporarily Avoiding Self-Destruction

Yesterday I lit onto the page with a self-righteous tirade that tore apart one of the main sub-cultures I belong to. Every word of it was true.

Then I stopped for a moment and asked, why do I do this? I am constantly into self criticism, and even worse, criticism of the groups I belong to. I'm obsessed with justice (though of course I skew it, because I am, after all, a member of the human race), and it keeps me up at night to think that I or someone I know might be getting it wrong.

This is no way to make friends. This is no way to build a blog following. People want to be reassured, not torn down. And I'm not being pedantic or condescending when I say that. I totally get it. It takes more effort and mental work to engage with something that is critical of you, your beliefs, your culture. That kind of work isn't what a lot of people are looking for when they do some blog reading.

Why the impulse to alienate my reader and potential reader? Is there a demand for such treatment? As usual, not a lot of answers, but there are some questions that I find interesting.

Google Image's representation of self-destruction.

Here is one of mine.

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