Saw this on FaceBook today and it made me think. Social media right? Between the tweets, the Instagram’s, Tumblr’s, Linkedin’s, YouTube’s, and all the Pinterest’s posts, the information flow is a little daunting. How does a sexagenarian keep up these days? It has nothing to do with not knowing how, I’m just not motivated to stay that in tune with all the stuff. But it also has to do with not wanting to repeat myself on so many different platforms. Hence the blog. This is me not only not being dead, but also going against the flow, so to speak.
I’m a firm believer that if you think you have something to say, stand up and say it. Freedom of speech is ingrained in our thought process as Americans, and protected (but not absolutely) by the First Amendment of our great Constitution. That said, it’s becoming increasingly difficult today to be supportive of the process. Especially when there are those who say they also believe this freedom is inherent to all citizens, yet are intolerant of what I have to say. When I disagree with them on some specific or general topic, then suddenly I’ve become evil. Some would rather intimidate me, or silence me, than consider this same Constitution protects my right to speak as well.
So, I’m back to the picture above. Only dead fish go with the flow. Today I choose not to be a dead fish. I’m using the specific venue I’ve chosen, this blog, to share my thoughts and views, and in the process go against the flow. My message: stand up and have a voice. My secondary message: be American, and protect other’s right to have this same voice. Don’t be like the haters and judgers who dogmatically think they have all the answers, the only answers. Be larger than that. Think for yourself and say something meaningful. Quit trying to tear down everyone who disagrees with you, just because they disagree. Even if you hate what they say, have the courage to say, “It’s ok that we disagree.”
My last message for today: I don’t have all the answers. In my short time on earth, I’ve discovered I never will either. For me, it’s important to keep learning, keep reading, continually searching for truth, and trusting that I can make a difference. But only, if I quit acting like a dead fish.