Thoughful Blogging, Neural Networks
August 23, 2006
One of the lesser touted benefits of blogging is that often times, other bloggers read what you have written and ‘connect the dots’ with other thoughts and ideas that clarify and even amplify what it was you wanted to say- a kind of ‘neural networking.’ In the process, your idea becomes more refined, sublime and nuanced, and more often than not, your own understanding of the issues becomes more profound. Without a doubt, other bloggers need other bloggers and all bloggers need reader input.
Today, it is Fausta that has ‘connected the dots,’ picking up on an earlier post.
Her post today, Children And Salvation, is a well written, thoughtful and insightful look into parenting and childhood today.
She looks at the thoughts and posts of some of the smartest bloggers out there- Dr Sanity, Shrinkwrapped, Neo, Gagad Bob and The Anchoress, among others, and manages to find and connect ideas and thoughts into a coherent and cogent look at a few realities in the hurricane-like mayhem that is culture today. These are no small matters of passing interest or curiosity. As Fausta notes,
…every day millions of parents around the world work three jobs to send their kids to good schools, mortgage their houses to meet college tuition fees, donate blood and kidneys and blood marrow so their children can survive, stay awake at night taking care of sick kids, and do the millions of tasks that parents willingly do…
That said, Fausta notes a huge disparity.
There’s the acceptance in the Western World, in the name of multiculturalism and who knows what else, of societies that indulge into what for most of us is inherently revolting, aberrant degeneracy: the weaponization of children. Children suicide bombers, children witnessing public acts of unspeakable barbarity, children used as shields during gun battles, and the corpses of handicapped children used as (warning: graphic images) death porn in a propaganda war.
This is the world we are leaving to our children. At what point do we make and take a stand?
Fausta’s post is a must read- and more importantly, a ‘must discuss’, at home, with friends and even perfect strangers. If we cannot be bothered to to have the discussion, we may well be forfeiting our future- and the future of the generations to follow.