24: i care what you think

As my first full month of blogging comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting back on this project so far and trying to organize my thoughts – what lessons have I learned? What goals should I set for the future?

I think it’s important to establish both. Already I have seen some level of personal growth and development. I am developing a healthy habit, thinking more critically, doing more self-evaluation.

I also want this to grow into something bigger than it currently is. Just what, I haven’t yet decided.

I’ve been trying to develop somewhat of a process, and to some extent I have. Every day I wake up with the knowledge that I need to post at some point before I sleep again, and I begin to ponder what I might write about.

Some days it comes quickly – a few of these posts were cranked out in the early morning, before the sun even had a chance to show its face.

Other times, I’ve been pushed right up against or even past midnight, struggling to properly gather my thoughts.

Today, I was hit with inspiration while driving home from another part of the state, and had to wait several hours to get my ideas down.

That thought process can be pretty painful sometimes – all day long, little thoughts flit in and out of my mind. Oftentimes I want to write about something, but I convince myself otherwise.

This could be because a particular topic is too personal. There are some things about myself that I’m not comfortable sharing with the general public. Hopefully that changes someday.

More often than not, though, I find that it’s because I worry about tackling more controversial issues because I have such a small space in which to do so. By writing a daily post, on top of all of my other daily responsibilities, I really limit the amount of research or thought I can put into each one

The posts have been roughly 500-600 words a pop, so if I want to make a statement about a relevant cultural issue or societal problem, it becomes difficult to provide multiple perspectives in addition to well fleshed-out thoughts.

That being said, I’m going to start trying more.

I can’t censor myself for the sake of others’ comfort.

As a society, I see us doing this more and more under the guise of “political correctness,” or “thought policing” as I think it could be more aptly named.

I don’t like the idea that, if I have a certain perspective to share that doesn’t align with what has been deemed politically correct.

An example of this comes from an interview I heard today with Cassie Jaye, a documentary filmmaker and feminist who focuses primarily on issues of gender, particularly those of women and members of the LGBTQA community.

Her most recent film looks at the men’s rights movement, something that until today I had no idea existed, but which I was immediately curious about.

Her film, which comes out in a few months, looks at the movement and its struggles, and interviews a variety of men’s rights activists – but also a variety of feminists, in order to get the most broad, fair, and balanced look at these issues as possible. I’m excited to see it when it arrives.

But the interview frustrated me, because she explained that she’s been met with a lot of backlash over her film. People want to shut it down, refusing to accept that a men’s rights movement should have any voice or fair representation, that whatever the movement stands for is wrong, or politically incorrect.

But as far as I’m concerned, if someone is striving to make all voices heard, especially if those voices will reach the opposite side of the aisle, then that person is striving toward peace, understanding and cooperation.

And we should not be stamping voices like that out.

Anyway, this post is getting quite long, but I hope to talk more about this in the future.

Peace.

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