Sunday, January 11, 2015
Whatever happened to polite conversation?
I have attempted from the beginning to allow the comments to be a free flowing discussion and do not moderate the comments. I do not see them before they appear on the blog and no one should assume that I approve of or agree with comments posted on this blog -- least of all those that attack me or my position. I would hope that we could continue to allow comments to be unmoderated and free flowing. I have neither the time nor the desire to moderate comments and would probably shut down the comments altogether rather than take the time to review all comments before they are posted.
That said, it troubles me when comments become personal attacks on what others have said. You are certainly as free to disagree with comments posted as you are to disagree with me what I have posted. I would hope that we can act with some level of decorum and address one another politely even in disagreement. So I ask those who comment to refrain from personal comments, from making derogatory comments about the person, or from offensive comments designed more to incite than to debate the points raised. If you want to attack me personally, well, I am a big boy and I will survive; if you want to personally attack other people commenting upon this blog, please count to ten, calm down, and think better about it.
Our comments should be designed to add light and not just heat to the discussion. I do not claim infallibility and I reserve the right to change my mind. Sometimes I have had to rethink what I wrote because of a comment. Sometimes I have responded to comments posted. I am grateful even for those who respectfully disagree with me. I am not so grateful about those who use the comment box just to attack or falsely characterize my opinion.
I hope that you will take this to heart. I certainly look forward not only to your readership but also a lively discussion of the issues I raise. I can think of nothing better than for a blog post I wrote to initiate a healthy debate. Please, however, do so politely and respectfully, without resorting to attacks upon the person. If you make a statement, it is fair game for others to disagree -- just like the the blog itself. Let's keep the focus upon the issue. Thank you for your faithful readership and for your responses to my humble opinions. The blog format may be aging but I will be here as long as I have a meandering opinion. God bless you!