#6 Explained

In the last Sunday Post, you might have read this:

>I don’t care if you are pro-Obama or anti-Obama, think communism would be cool, watch Fox News or CNN. I do have an opinion either way, but you don’t see me stuck in front of the television yelling at the news reader or posting continuously to my Facebook profile, do you? Suck it.

Can I take a moment of your time to tell you why this bothers me?

You see, the amount of time and energy you expend defending your position to others, or discussing certain topics with others that agree with you, can be used in much better ways. That’s what bothers me.

I don’t talk about politics because I have no faith in the United States political system and believe that there isn’t anything I can say or do to make a difference. That is why I waste my pixels on things I can change or fix (or things that might make you giggle).

I like to focus my time where I can accomplish the most good, not where I can get myself or others the most worked up against the other side. To me, that is extremely counter-productive.

Joining a group on Facebook to get it to 1 million members doesn’t do anything. Writing a letter to any elected official does. Similarly, preaching to the choir does nothing more than convince every one that they are correct. Why not take that time and energy to better explain your position to the other side? Or to explain to someone that doesn’t quite understand?

I’m just trying to be productive and effect change where I can. Where I can’t, I keep to myself. I highly recommend it if you get the chance.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.

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