Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Sobering Thought

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


patric said...

leave no paper trail. don't have any opinions because people aren't allowed to have them and then change them.

of course, you could just be honest and say what you have to say and no worry about it. that's what i do. the people who would base everything on a 10-20 year old blog that maybe 50 people read at the time it was posted probably will forget to vote anyway.

Jacob said...

I've had the same thought. My conclusion was that it's better to make all this stuff that would kill my election chances (my atheism, for example) public now so I'm never tempted to hide it in the future for political gain. Basically a way for my younger self to make sure that my older self remains genuinely interested in ideas rather than becoming a lying bastard.

Of course, if I ever decide this was a bad decision I can always fake a Road to Damascus moment.

R.W.McGee said...

I think Patric is basically right on the money...and I also think it's a bad idea because the future of politics may involve dealing with supporters online. (As shown by Obama's online fund-raising efforts.) You might be getting rid of a powerful tool.

Also, the blog is out there, so it's sort of too late to delete it now. Even if you kill the active url, blogger.com will retain an archive I believe.

Quinn said...

I think you are who you are. An attempt to hide from the public may seem like a slimy form of subterfuge. I say this knowing full well that you, Matt, are not the kind to lie about your views.

I get what you're saying, though: views change and people can and do attack as a result of that. It's unfortunate, but I would hope that instead of forcing politicians to hide their thoughts, it would make them more transparent, more accessible. Pros and cons to this, also.

I like the philosophical thoughts and debates, though...it keeps me grounded, in any event. The selfish side of me, then, wants you to continue blogging, but I can understand why you'd stop.

Mike said...

I see your point (and I've considered the same myself), but I would argue that your blog is clearly exploratory rather than declarative. While you present a particular philosophy and worldview, you've generally shown a willingness to discuss issues and deliberate, which should be a political strength. Unless, you know, you're a member of a political party.

Besides, as has been said, once it's out there, it doesn't really ever go away.

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