Why, indeed, blog? How much more writing can one Internet take?
The short answer, at least in my book, is that free speech is becoming more perilous. More groups want to ban any comment that offends their sensibilities. Since we went down the road of recognising groups, we’ve created a situation where men and women are mostly afraid to speak out in public.
We are entitled to speak our minds. We need but a press to publish with. A blog does that very nicely.
Whether my opinions are of any interest to anyone remains to be seen. But they are of interest to me. Couldn’t that serve as reason enough to make them public?
I don’t pretend to be some sort of faux-reporter. Expect what you read here to be items about which I have become passionate, if only for a while. Think of this as an editorial with a mandate to write about anything today that might provoke a response, and we’ll get along just fine.
My commitment to you: I shall endeavour to be accurate within the limits of my knowledge, I shall try not to give unnecessary offence (while being sure to give necessary offence as needed), and I shall do my best to be critical of the situation more than of the person, unless the person is the situation in need of a good airing.
But I also warn that fairness does not require me to write in a wishy-washy fashion, playing the “on the one hand, and on the other hand” game. To not take a position is to really let myself down.
I do hope you find this entertaining, thought-provoking and perhaps even something that occasionally alters the trajectory of your life.
I look forward to our conversations.