Tuesday, September 11, 2018

All Good Things...

It was perhaps a dozen years ago when I first really started frequenting various blogs on the internet on a regular basis, with most of them being of a political or religious nature.  On one site that I frequented fairly regularly, the host of the blog stated that I seemed to have a lot to say and perhaps I should get my own blog accordingly.  I am relatively certain that he was not being complimentary towards me, but nonetheless, I took up his suggestion and nine years ago today Saving Common Sense was born.

Early on I had some very supportive readers of all political stripes.  Indeed, even those followers with whom my opinions on politics did not match ended up being thoughtful folks with which to debate and share ideas.  Oh, there was always the occasional troll, but by and large I found blogging to be stimulating and interesting as I shared my opinions, thoughts, and ideas with my fellow brothers and sisters in the blogosphere.  Further, based on the feedback I would receive, it appeared that many of my readers felt similarly.

I went through some years where a busy work schedule or my late wife’s illnesses kept me from blogging very much, but I always found my way back to the key board eventually.

I have made some pretty good on-line friends over the years that I would not have met otherwise.  I am grateful that these good folks came into my life accordingly, even if some of these friends are absolute nut jobs when it comes to their politics or world views.  I am sure they chuckle as they are saying the same thing about me.  And that is okay.  With them, we can still agree to disagree and still be friends.  That is as it should be and what I had always intended.

Sadly, in the last few years, things seemed to change and the internet became a far darker and less friendly place.  With it, my tolerance for some of the over-the-top nastiness and hatred has become very thin, to say the least.  It is amazing the “courage” some people find to write the most atrocious things about others when they can do so from the anonymity of the internet.  It is those certain folks that refuse to debate or offer opinions on the issues without conflating it with their political adversaries and making it personal to which I rapidly grew weary.  It is this ugliness and hatred that ultimately made me decide it was time to move on as Saving Common Sense was no longer the forum that I had once intended it to be.

I relished the past days when brilliant, humorous, and never nasty folks such as John Myste would stop by, offer his unique and always interesting insights, and then make me laugh even when poking fun at me.  We have now unfortunately morphed into a place where ugliness grows.  No longer can we good naturedly jibe with our friends and political opposites, it seems.  Now we have to dehumanize, marginalize, and act hatefully in the worst ways towards each other.  Sadly, I have even caught myself falling into this trap on occasion.  I have seen this vileness in some take the forms of questioning another’s faith and salvation to “hoping” that a person’s disease would hurry up and take its course.  I am disgusted by this and the people that think this is okay.  I am trying be a better Christian than I really am, and will continue to pray for these folks.

All of that said, there are still some good folks that don’t share most of my views that still come by and offer their thoughts.  For the Woodenman's and TB3's and a few others out there, I am sorry.  I will miss their viewpoints and conversation.

So it is with regret and a little sadness that I must bring to a close this blog.  As of now, I will leave it up and may or may not allow further comments to be posted, but I will no longer actively be monitoring the site.  Nine years is a good run, but the time has come to move on to better and more fruitful and uplifting projects.  I’ll be sure to post here when the new site is up and running. 

Good wishes and Godspeed to you all!


TB3 said...

I'm still holding out hope that your next endeavor is a travel blog with tons of photos... :)

Thank you, T.Paine, for offering up your space here to the marketplace of ideas. Curating, editting and producing content for a blog should never feel like a chore. Thank you for giving me a place to discuss, argue, and sometimes glibly lob sophomoric jokes at you when I couldn't come up with better responses to your posts. :)

Good luck, I hope what's next is even more enriching, enjoyable and rewarding for you.

T. Paine said...

Thanks TB3. I have enjoyed conversing with you and hearing your thoughts and ideas, even when we did not agree. I do hope you will be a part of the next chapter too. I'll keep you posted!

Majormajor said...

Mr. Paine,,I promise not to wrestle with pigs in the mud on your next blog,,,can't wait to see it.

Rain Trueax said...

It's too bad when it comes to that, but I've seen a lot of nastiness and when celebs encourage it and are excused, can we be surprised. I will miss reading your blog but hope you let it stay up. I'd close comments though as why let it be a market for ideas you wouldn't espouse since you won't be there to moderate or offer the alternative.

If you do decide to end the blog totally, you might consider taking it private and keeping it as someone will take your name for it as soon as you give it up. I know this from experience. There are many blogs out there that people can read but no longer comment, and I think it's a good way when a blog has been exploring serious issues as yours has.

woodenman1954 said...

Well Mr.Paine I assume you will still drop by Tom's site once in a while or are you finished with politics?

Unlike you,I feel calamitous events are just over the horizon, you can ignore the laws of nature, finance and karma for just so long. I do not blame you if you abandon politics as it is a real doom and gloom subject the last few decades.

Whatever happens it was interesting and worthwhile debating with you over the last few years. James

Dave Dubya said...

Thank you for all the years of sharing the platform. While we've had our vivid moments of conflicting viewpoints, I respect the sincerity of your beliefs. While I question your evidence, reasoning and conclusions, I don't question your character as an individual. I'm sure you and I both would lend a hand to a person in desperate peril or need.

Let's not lose sight of that basic decency we share.

Despite your inclinations to blame and accuse people like me, I know you ARE a person of basic decency and personal honesty. You are not a Nazi, just as I am no Stalinist. If that's the limit of our mutual understandings, no harm, no foul.

Trump, Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, industrial polluters, the conservative minority, and the Republicans have won, so you have that for consolation. In government and other affairs of men, the power or wealth usually wins over compassion, equality, justice, and progress. The elite owners of our system will continue to hold their lock on power. That should fill you with pride and purpose. Barring a sudden evolution of conscience and consciousness in our species, your side will continue to prevail until the next economic collapse, unprovoked war, or natural calamity. Such is the cycle.

Until then I can only shine the light of truth and compassion whenever I can.

Enjoy your "greater America" while it lasts, because it cannot endure under this corrupt leadership. Maybe you have an inkling there is something wrong somewhere, and may yet come to understand the reasons why an eleven year old girl would protest, saying, "...what’s going on is not okay".

After all, the future of the planet and of society is hers far more than it is ours.

So for that, I'm with her.

You'll always know where to find me.

Thanks to their victory over democracy, science, equal voting rights, consent of the governed, journalism, education, and decency by Trump and Company's war on truth, we pigs will always have our mud. ;-)

Good luck in your future pleasures and endeavors.

Jerry Critter said...

Well said Dave, and fare thee well TP.

woodenman1954 said...

Tonight is the start of the new season of Dancing with The Stars. Be sure not to miss it!

Majormajor said...

A key question is whether the unanimous consent of the governed is required; if so, this would imply the right of secession for those who do not want to be governed by a particular collective. All democratic governments today allow decisions to be made even over the dissent of a minority of voters, which in some theorists' view, calls into question whether said governments can rightfully claim, in all circumstances, to act with the consent of the governed.

With majority rule.

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