Originally posted to Queer Boy Blogging on February 6, 2010
Man, when I was young I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.
~Faber, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
When I decided that I wanted to write a blog, I knew that I wanted it to be a place where I could examine my views and ideas, a place where I could define and refine them. I spent a while mulling this over, and the above quote kept coming back to me. It absolutely describes what it is I intend to do here. Right now, I am a young man. I have thus far been doing myself a disservice by keeping myself on the sidelines of discussion, and never showing my ignorance. How am I to learn if I don’t know what it is that I don’t know? Also, by the magic of the internet, I can promote discussions to expand the minds of others in the same way.
In particular, I want to take an uncommon stand on today’s issues, particularly those which impact myself and my community. I want to examine the concept of privilege, rights and community activism. I want to understand what people are doing in these areas, why they are doing it, and if in the end it’s doing any good. I also want to understand and solidify my own views on these issues, how it effects both myself and my interactions, as well as what I need to work on in order to become a better person, and what will lead to actual positive effects. I want to see where sensitivity to a cause becomes over-sensitivity and reactionary behaviour.
I want to try to take an outside perspective on a community that I am a part of. This means equally the queer community, the trans community, and to a certain extent the art community, because art is one of the many ways we influence opinion. I also want to look at community efforts on a larger scale and look at the fine line between a need for better protection and the sense of entitlement rampant in contemporary society.
This is an open invitation to participate! Learn, discuss, tell me where I’m wrong and why. Hopefully, we will both learn from this experience.
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Looking back at my first post at Queer Boy Blogging, it’s interesting to see how much of this is still true for me. I’m still dedicated to the idea of putting myself out there to see where I’m right, where I’m wrong, and where my ideas just need a little refinement. I would rather learn than to be right at any cost.
What has changed is my focus, the specific areas I want to explore. Honestly, my interest in community activism has never been that consistent, though I still feel that education is the most important part of any issue. So I go where my interests take me, through worlds of writing, of art, through my own mind and all the comorbidities within. I’m still going to blather on about things I know very little about, but I’m doing it with a mind open to being challenged.