I get asked a lot about overcoming inhibitions when it comes to openly sharing our thoughts. I believe there are many paths towards the freedom one needs to publish without fear of criticism. These traits or aspects of character can be learned, but they are generally already present in that person’s personality. It takes a different type of person to take criticism and brush it off. Many people say they can, but often you can see tightness around their eyes or a stressed tone in their voice that lets you know a sensitive spot does exist.
There are many of my posts and thoughts that are unpopular. I believe that it is mainly due to the fact that society tells us today that “if you disagree, keep silent.” Suddenly defending your right to an opinion is the same as aggressively attacking someone else’s view. It isn’t right and the killing of personal opinion creates a robotic society that no one should want. Where will we all be without our own identities? Why must we conform about this and show less conviction about that simply to not upset the placid balance of humanity?
I am constantly amused when the overly vocal minority is able to bully the majority simply by making the people of society believe that the minority is being oppressed. I mean seriously is that all it takes to make something important these days? Do you care about the iguanas in Hawaii? No??? Why not?!? They are being oppressed!!! And that is how a movement is made…
I don’t buy into what the news, the media, or even what friends and family tell me I should care about. I have a brain, a heart (debatable), morals (again… debatable), and a blog to vent about what I do and don’t care about in this world. Since when did we need to start validating our concerns and thoughts before expressing them? I don’t do that and neither should other bloggers. Turn your nose up to fear of retribution or retaliation against your views, if it is going to come your way it will come no matter what. Instead take courage and know that by sharing your views you might just be empowering another person to do the same.
And that to me is never a bad thing.