I was really reflecting seriously on how to convey this thought that's bothering me for quite sometime now. Then one blogger, I guess too young to think about these things but bravely articulated herself in her blog entry, triggered me to write about this too.
"Freedom of Expression", to hold no barriers in our blogging or written expression?! Indeed, we all know that we would kill the writers in us if we put restrictions in our writings. The author has the right to communicate anything he/she wants as long as he/she holds responsible for it.
We, the readers, have a lot to say too to express ourselves and articulate our reactions. But what if we are consistently being "shot down" and attacked because of our being opinionated? Do blog owners and entry authors have the right do do that to us? Well, that is his/ her own blog, own turf, own territory....
The lesson that I learned from being a victim of a troll (Appeal to Bloggers entry) is to avoid those blogs that make me feel negative about my outlook in life. I have one life to live, and I want to be happy and to make my life meaningful. I haven't got time to waste with negative people.
When they find a willing audience they won't let it go. They may have justifiable concerns but often get involved in minor matters. They blame and look for excuses. Even when blame can be justified, it serves no productive good. They are usually negative because they ceded control of their happiness to others.
Everyone has problems, but not everyone allows those problems to rule them.
One very good thing I have learned about being a special ed teacher is to RESPECT other people's opinions. Every individual has a lot to say.
I've been a citizen of the blog world for more than one year and a half now. All this time, I've been reading and hopping from one blog to another. I have read many a different view about various events, issues and people. I have always enjoyed reading what other people actually think about certain things. I have learned a lot, too.
And, like every single blogger in the world, I also have ideas and opinions of my own. These ideas and opinions may differ from that of others, but I don't really think this makes them (my ideas and opinions) any less, in sense and value, than others. This is also what I think when I read opinions and ideas that are so different from mine. I always tell myself, "to each his own."
This also holds true in the "real" world. There will always be people who will see or view things in a way far different from one's own. It is always good to keep "to each his own" in mind. But, then again, there are people who just don't understand this or who refuse to understand this. Some people would even go as far as think that only their own opinions or views of things are important and correct; others are stupid and not worth hearing! Hay naku!
I've never really been told straight to my face that my idea or opinion is stupid, but I've seen this done to some people. This could actually cause a person to feel inferior and forever lose the confidence to express himself/herself. While I feel for these people, the kind who let others make them appear or sound stupid, I can't help but think that it's their own doing, too. Why do they allow it? It's not like it's a crime to actually have a different take on things, right? I wonder what I'd do if and when some smart, know-it-all person tries to make me look and feel stupid just because I have my own idea of things. I'd probably keep quiet, like some people I know. I'd probably try to argue my way out of "stupidity". Or I could actually break a nose bridge or two. Wahahaha!:)