I've decided that this blog needs to end. Not now, but someday in the not-too-distant future. Probably as I approach 30 (so I've got a little while, since I'm only... um... 27 now? I forget... 2008 - 1981, yeah, 27.). The purpose of this blog has always been to explore philosophical, religious, political and other issues. Also humor and life updates.
Now, someday I might want to run for office. This creates a problem. My blog is out there. People will always be able to access it, and even if I delete it there are ways of exploring caches to pull it up again. So what I've already written here is something that will always be tied to my name.
Unfortunately, it seems to be in the nature of blogs that they enable hyperbole and overstatement, rash and impulsive posts and comments, and probably plenty of opportunities to take things out of context.
This means that this blog might someday be used against me in any political campaign/office. And that's a frightening thought. Because the intent here has always been just an exploration. I've grown and changed and nuanced a lot in my views over the years I've had this blog, and I'm sure I'll continue to do so. But past posts give people a chance to take a snapshot of my thoughts when I was younger, and that's the kind of thing that can be exploited. Quite the worrisome proposition.
Anyway, the reason for stopping the blog is because, as I age, and become (potentially) more firm in my views, there's a corresponding decrease in the need to get them out there in this forum. I sincerely doubt that I'll ever be set in my views. I pray that I always stay open minded, and malleable when convincing arguments come my way. But to experiment is more acceptable when I'm young, and that's what I'm doing now. But as I age, it will be less appropriate, and someday I'll have to stop altogether.
It's a sobering thought. The fact that I'm trying hard here to explore and develop my view of the world may someday come back to haunt me. I'm hopeful that what I put up on a blog in my 20's will never be the kind of thing people really care about, but it certainly gives me some serious concern.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this idea. Thanks.
Too far along in our climb,
Stepping over what now towers to the sky