by Jerry Richardson 8/23/14
I am an insignificant blogger.
This is not a verbal-selfie put-down. I have plenty of self-esteem, and I am not looking for strokes. Please don’t. This is just a statement of fact. I am 74 years old, and I don’t feel a significant desire to please anyone other than Jesus, my wife, my daughter, and myself, and in that order.
I have blogged a-bit on one well-known website. I have also blogged a smaller-bit on a couple of not-well-known websites.
But, I’ve never blogged on a really enjoyable website like StubbornThings.
So, I am writing this short article to applaud Stubborn Things and Brad Nelson.
Brad, who are you? Where did you come from? How did you come-up with this concept of StubbornThings: To just allow unknown people, like me, to write stuff? Why are you doing this?
The thing I like most about Stubborn Things is that the people who blog and comment seem to sort-of implicitly agree that there will be no ad hominem or hateful attacks against article writers.
Don’t get me wrong. The comments made on StubbornThings are very intellectually in-your-face, even though completely in a courteous manner; the comments are insightful, penetrating, thoughtfully articulated to send-you-back-to-your-assumptions, and they are very obviously based upon life, living, and practiced logical thinking. You can sense that the comments come from an experience-bag that has been exposed to time, hardnosed-reality, and disciplined academia.
But the comments are not, thankfully, hard-hearted, cruel, or vicious.
The comments are helpful, and when you finish reading them, the comments prompt you, even if you disagree, to consider incorporating the best of the various thoughts from the comments into your own opinions.
Is that what StubbornThings is about?
I considered listing some of the regular blog commenters by name in order to thank them, but I feared I might miss someone; so let me just say a big thank you if you write-to or read StubbornThings and if you take the time, your valuable time, to comment.
I do personally thank you.
You are setting an example, and striking a valuable blow for civil-discourse in a society that is currently teetering on the brink of falling into irreparable incivility and failure to understand how to properly discuss serious issues.
If you are reading StubbornThings for the first time and do not have a regular article-website reading home, I suggest, in the words of an old commercial, that you consider StubbornThings and “give it a shot.”
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