It seems that some have decided it is better to take offense to my post earlier today, than to use it a catalyst. Have they chosen to hear only 'talk is just talk'? Do they categorize my statements as merely an attempt to brush off their efforts? Are they disingenuously telling me that I don't walk my own talk, so what I have to say must have no value, and I have no right to say it? When I asked how can we stay active how can we evolve, are they suggesting it rude of me or unproductive to ask for the next step? And since I will not congratulate us all for having done half the job, are they in essence telling me to go fuck off?
Maybe, they take what I have to say as a rebuke of their efforts, maybe they just don't like being questioned unless the answer to the question is comfortable.
But, I do feel like I am being told by some, "stop talking about it". Or, "if you keep telling me things I don't want to hear, I wont listen to you."
Welllll, I guess I should have predicted that would be the response of some. A few of you have offered some support. Thanks. But, I still believe that there is a purpose to this provocation. I still believe that. I still value you all and the blogosphere we have created. But, like a close friend...I have to say sometimes..."look you have something in your teeth" rather than "my! what nice teeth you have"
I am discontent, but I am also one of you. I speak with sincerity, with frustration, but also with respect, and even with hope (though some would paint me as a total cynic).
I risk offending you, in the hopes that you will step up and show me something novel, or that you will push me back hard enough, that maybe I'll find something novel in myself. So, Scott, Ian, Don...all the rest...please don't ostracize me. Please listen and ask not "Who the Hell does he think he is?" rather ask "Why did he phrase it that way?"
We are all running out of time, there is only so much sand in the glass. It is in that spirit I push the way I push. Keep cheering if that is what you want, but don't tell me to stop grumbling.
Enough heartfelt drivel. Next post...back to cracking my knuckles and furrowing my brow!!!