I have spent the last few days exploring a limited section of the blogging world, and the search has left me both optimistic and weary. I have been examining various Blog Rolls and trying to find sites that I can sink my teeth into. I try and ask myself what is it about a site that captivates a reader? Do my posts do that? I have found a few sites that have sparked my interest and I have listed them in my newly forming Blog Roll. (Although I am still a bit weary about making a massive list that I can’t keep up with.)
Realizing that there are so many people out there, thinking and writing and trying to connect with the world is truly inspiring. I finally feel like maybe I am not totally alone in trying to shake up the world using words as my only tool, but having said that I am seeing how futile the endeavor can be. The people on the left are writing for the people on the left and the right is doing the same. We occasionally cross paths and insult each on the comment sections of each other’s blogs. So what is the point? What is being accomplished?
I recently posted this passage on a comment page, and I would like to explore the idea a bit further here on my own blog:
I have spent the last few years, since about 2000, tuning up my political tool belt. I have gone through phases of anger, apathy, and utter disbelief. I have spent time trying to lure people away from Democrats to more revolutionary parties, if you consider Nader revolutionary. I have read my Marx, my Zinn, my Tariq Ali and Chomsky. During this time I have argued, debated and almost lost my lunch listening to ignorant right-wingers trying to get a rise out of me. But now, my wife and I are having our first child soon and all I can think about is how are we going to make the world a more livable place for her. I don't want to simply preach my politics, but to make change. I want to stop wars, poverty, imperialism, not just read and talk about it.
I am not sure how much blogging back and forth from the right and left will do. At best, it feels like empty words or preaching to the choir, at worst it is name-calling and a waste of time. I am looking for some concrete action that can help educate people, so we can close the rifts that separate us and bring about a world that will function on the basic beliefs of freedom, justice and liberty for all. I am not talking the hypocritical bullshit dished out by the US government, but ideas that will lead us to a extablish a viable, sustainable society on this planet, which we can all live.
I am curious. What do the people who are conservative and pro-war really want? Do you not want to send your kids to decent schools and be able to spend time with the people you love in a world that isn’t built on the backs of others? Is there more to life that that? On the left, why can't we get our shit together and become the force I know we can be in global decision making. So I am taking this time to ask for some help from both sides of the political divide. I am looking for tangible actions we can take in our everyday lives to bring about change. I would like to invite people out in the Blogsphere to pipe in and give me some ideas.
I am sure some rightwinger or ultra leftist will comment about how worthless these ideas are, but I feel that until we start communicating nothing will change. I want people on the right to know that here on the left are not monsters. We are simply people trying to make the world more bearable. What is it you want? How can we make this happen?