Have you ever had an out-of-body experience? Or even what you believe an actual such event would feel like?
I get ’em on occasion writing this blog. I’ve been doing this since 2010, fulltime since 2012.
Here’s what happens: I write something on High Plains Blogger and then publish it. I post these items on various social media, including Facebook. Someone comments on it. The initial comment usually is negative. Then someone responds — not to the blog, but to the initial responder. Then Responder No. 1 fires back at the antagonist; Responder No. 2 shoots back.
Then it starts. Back and forth they go. Occasionally, someone else chimes in. Then perhaps a fourth, or fifth individual who happens to be part of my Facebook “friend” network will read these exchanges and decide to weigh in as well.
Oh, boy. Sometimes it gets nasty. As in real personal. There’s a bit of name-calling at times.
I think once or twice I have sought to intervene, usually via “private message” on whatever social medium I’m monitoring. I might tell one of the parties to cool it. Usually, though, I let it ride. I let the combatants have their say.
Eventually one of them gives up. Not surrender, actually. Just decides he or she has had enough of the other person.
Why mention this at all? It’s my way of acknowledging the deep divide that separates individuals or groups of individuals. There’s little I can do about it, short of not posting items that rile folks up. I can’t go there. I have this insatiable need to provide commentary that is sure to invoke the kind of out-of-body experiences I feel on occasion.
I can’t help myself.
For that I apologize. However, I’ll keep on going.