Today I feel like being a little provocative, in the sense of « calling forth, challenging ». And I take the risk of displeasing or irritating, maybe not, we’ll see.
It’s been three weeks that I’ve been blogging and I have noticed a phenomenon which I find quite interesting and questioning. We all write articles, and I think we expect to be read, start discussions, invite other people to think, even if we are giving « advice », or « informing » within our modest capacities. There seems to be two categories of people all over the Web (forums, Facebook, blogs, etc.), those who take part actively (I find American blogs are usually very interctive), and those who Simply Watch passively.
According to me, a blog (as real life) has to be alive, it doesn’t matter if there are 2 or 20000 followers, if you join a « Community », I’m guessing it’s because you want to be part of it, to make it lively.
So, how can we explain the fact that, people read blog articles, they « like » it but say Nothing about what they read ? Can you imagine that you are talking to someone who is listening to you in real life but they only smile, which would be the closest thing to « liking » ? Or the reverse, you are listening to someone, and only smile without saying at least two words ? I’m not saying that there is Always Something fascinating to say about every post, but a little interaction would be enough I think. I’m just wondering. And maybe I’m not the only one asking the question.
I’m not aiming at anybody in particular, I’m only sharing a general feeling about a weird fact, which, I Believe, can be extended to other fields in our lives. Are we observers of life or do we take a fully active part of it ? I’ve Always asked myself that question in the classes, conferences, meeting I attend. I Don’t see myself going to such events without taking notes, asking questions, participating to the exercices, activities offered by the speaker. It’s quite embarrassing when someone asks for volunteers and everybody bends their heads. Participating is the best way for me to learn things and to show interest to the person in front of me. Now, I understand that everybody is not comfortable talking in front of many, to show themselves. Okay. But I think it’s absolutely important to ask ourselves what are the consequences of such an attitude in life. It can be related to the way many people act towards the elections; how many people Don’t get involved and Don’t vote but later on complain about this or that candidate for being elected ? How many times do we let other people decide for ourselves at a party, in the relationship, and then lament about their choices ? What about this friend who never takes decisions but disagrees with yours ? I’m sure we can find plenty of situations where we get carried on by the events, feeling powerless.
Next time you feel like remaining passive and Simply absorb things (informations, situations, decisions, etc.), ask yourself these few questions :
- What things do I prevent myself from living by staying on the side ?
- What would that change if I got more involved (at work, at school, with my friends, family, relationship, etc.) ?
- What do I have to loose ? (except a few minutes of shame maybe).
- How does the other person feel when I’m being passive ? How do I feel when someone is like that ?
Those were just a few thoughts going with the flow of my mind, but it really says the discomfort which I see in society regarding the subject.
Thank you for taking time to read my post. I would like to hear your thoughts if you are still Following after this post 😉
Let’s take care of ourselves.
See you around !