How about Tina Turner, did she ever take you anywhere?
Were you ever FEELIN' ALRIGHT?
I know you've had a FAMILY-AFFAIR
**I am laughing because I thought that picture was such a cute way to say what I could not find the words to express **
Now, if you're still here, the blogger
Black Diaspora said... : "One thing I've learned: The "Big Picture" is always bigger than our imaginations, and the whys and wherefores more profound than our guesses"
I looked at those words and said, "wow, that's deep".
On the surface, his words wouldn't appear to a great mind exploding thought, yet, for me, they were, and they were great words of encouragement. And, I'll tell you why.
Well, in reference to the question "Are we all preaching to the choir and knee-jerks?" I have to say, for the most part, we are. But don't cry for me because I am not crying in my beer (today), I'm looking for solutions. You know, I've often told people to look behind me to see if there's any garbage back there because I am not looking back. I am looking for answers. So following me and maybe will both find a little enlightenment. But be forewarned, the odds are against "US".
Really, how does one change the mind of another person? Doesn't everyone have an agenda - conscience or not?
If that question "how do you change an other's mind" is not addressed and understood, the choir may well be the only listeners. Here's another thought: Can a person change the mind of another? If so, what are all the necessary elements for that process to take place?
I think we all have opinions and ideas that we live by, and in most cases, even if those opinions are dead wrong - or we cannot support them with any concrete evidence - I think it's safe to say we will protect those concepts/ideas with all our heart and soul. It's just an enate human nature to desire the feeling of "right". Consequently, it's my belief that anything that runs contrary to that feeling, is not welcomed and surely not rewarded.
But let me finish because I wholeheartedly believe that we - bloggers - are for the most part, preaching to a very small crowd. Hence, "the choir". Generally it's those that argree with our expressed sentiments that are really looking and listening for wisdom, not those that disagree. Think about that as we continue.
I am going to end this piece by saying a little something I've said before in this post HERE: http://careycarey-carrymehome.blogspot.com/2010/10/looking-over-wall-i-cant-go-back-there.html. And then follow with a response from that post. And then we'll see if any of my words rang true.
Here it goes, I said:
"Several years ago, when I first started participating in Internet discussions, I was lost. I had a distorted image of happiness. Well, maybe not lost, but certainly adrift. I am reminded of those guys in the movies, you know, the starving castaway on a makeshift raft, peering over the tops of waves, looking for land, and just living on hope. Yet, somewhere deep inside, I could not give up.
Today I have a motto “What About A Time Called Now”. It’s here and now, in the moments of creating and expressing my thoughts, where I feel the most at ease and confident. In many ways, it’s always felt just right, and it’s always brought me a rush of emotions, most of them the best I ve ever known.
Now the downside of it is, there’s always some jerk who stands in judgment of what you do. The harshest criticism always seems to come from those that truly have no idea what you’re doing, and truly has no gift of their own. And are just plain pissed off that you’re happy and happily plying your craft. That is of course, if you’re making the world a little more ugly, then that type of personality, will gladly hold your hand and dance through the stankin muck filled sewer, proclaiming that you, just like they, see only how awful it all is, but take pleasure in the celebration of it. But somewhere along my journey, I came to understand that any D- minus person can see how terrible things are. That did not take any skills"
Here's a couple of response - from that post - for your consideration.
"Excellent post! Carey why is it that we write similar posts (about haters/ignorant folks) and yours comes off as spoken with love and mine comes off as angry? Me? I write best when upset...which is sometimes my downfall. I guess that's when I feel the hardest. It's hard for me to describe my happiness, I can talk about what makes me happy but I can't talk about how happiness makes me feel. Maybe I need to work on that. I know this is all unrelated to your post so my bad. Anyway, I just wanted to say that you need to keep on writing, keep on blogging"
"Ok now you are making me mad,here you are wasting precious time and energy trying to placate zeros,I truly believe Carey there are some people on this planet who are not worth understanding,my time is too precious to care"
So, in short, my questions remain: Are we all preaching to the choir? And, if not, how do we change the mind of another person?
Hey, it's also highly possible that nobody agrees with anything I've said?