I have some very strong opinions about gun control, politics, war, and religion. Very strong opinions and yet I’ve never shared them with you. Not here, not on Facebook, and not on Twitter. But so many people do and I always wonder how it is that they’re so brave.
Brave to stand up for what they believe in and yet I also worry for their safety. Quite frankly it’s not safe to make opinions known on so very many subjects. There’s a current blogging initiative called #LouderThanGuns. I hope that these bloggers are providing for their safety. I worry about what their call to action might shine on them.
You might guess at which side I’m on, but like my blogging style, I’m pretty random. But what I do know is that as much as I’d like to tell you how I feel about gun control, the few minutes of satisfaction in spilling my thoughts would be outweighed by the sheer terror of what those words could unintentionally say to someone off kilter. Slightly out of balance. Someone looking for an excuse to allow their anger to make them act.
So I choose to keep it to myself. To work behind the scenes through letters to my congress people. Through voting. I have to make decisions based on what’s best for MY family. To allow others to do the same within the law with the hope that the authorities will be there to keep those in check who skate around it. I have to believe. I have to assume. I want to, because not believing means my world has no sense of balance. The evil would outweigh the bad. And I can’t live like that.
I refuse to get caught up in it. I can’t. It would encompass me and not allow me to function. But for those who are brave, I wish for you clarity and safety. Always safety.
Am I crazy? Am I wrong to worry about the reaction of others? Have we made our personal lives too available on the web?