Visitors, this is a “clean-shaven” version of Variegated Vision, my full-featured blog of pure variety – spirit, art, and intellect (the link for which is on every page). Publishing commenced the eve of 22 February 2012. This post is now the content of my About page, so click on “About” to learn more.
More and more people are joining the blogosphere as readers and as bloggers. The scope of blog content has expanded as well. At times, blogs take on a journalistic flavor. What responsibility do we have to use our brains when interacting with the blogosphere?
Whether one hold to a religious faith or not, most are familiar with the phrase “on blind faith”. Some are absolute proponents of the necessity in some circumstances of believing in something without proof. Some will believe nothing without proof. I believe there is a middle ground. I’m simultaneously annoyed by, amused by, frightened for, and disappointed in those who trust completely in the words of another without exploring or examining an issue for themselves – “the followers”. What’s worse is when followers then try to lead. We all have room to grow and we can best do so by exercising the “muscle” of our brain and practicing virtue.
Aside from the personal responsibility of questioning the validity of what we read, I’ve been wondering. . .
1) What if any measures should be in place to encourage accuracy in the report of “facts” on blogs?
2) How can we do so without infringing upon free speech?
3) Who would be responsible for regulating such?
4) What responsibility do I have to help prevent the mass dissemination of misinformation and its potential for significant negative impact?
If YOU choose to not investigate or think for YOURSELF, YOU are still making a choice and YOU are responsible for that choice. Similarly, be prepared to know that YOUR words have the power to lead others astray if such persons are ignorant of how to access resources for their own investigation or are lacking in the mental capacity to make reasoned decisions. Even well-intentioned persons are capable of great folly, whether by accident or lack of discipline.
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A good deal of people I care about are either directly dealing with grief right now or have asked for prayers because people they care about are struggling with a loss. This post is for them and all of you looking for healing or in search of how to help those you care about to heal. I highly recommend reading the full post for more reflection, detail, and clarification than the excerpted and paraphrased material here provides.
One of the losses most difficult to manage is the unexpected death of someone we love dearly and rely on heavily. You may feel completely overwhelmed and question your ability to cope. The reality is you will survive. Things won’t ever be the same, but they won’t be worse – just different. You will change and you will grow. How do I know? You asked for help by reading this article. You are willing or at least willing to be willing to do what needs to be done to find contentment again. [This] is your personal journey of healing. How you travel this journey will be unique to you. As a starting point, I’ve offered below what helped me most in my earliest days of grieving different losses in my life. I only hope that my experience will make yours more bearable.
Connect with Your Emotions using art, writing, dates with yourself to fully honor and take a break from your feelings, and therapy.
Connect The Past & Present with happy reminiscing, recounting what you learned from the person, getting to know relatives, and contemplating your loved one’s continued presence in their creations, supported causes, traditions, etc.
Connect with Others Who Shared in Your Loved One’s Life by asking them to contribute to a memory box or scrapbook and considering what you might part with, knowing how it could touch someone else.
Connect with the World Around You through being with other people without expecting anything of yourself and directing your attention to your five senses in whatever you are doing.
- You are the “Expert…” a guest blog by Pete Reinl, Church & Chapel Funeral Homes (griefresourcecenter.wordpress.com)
- Book Review: The Grief Survival Handbook: A Guide from Heartache to Healing by D. Keith Cobb M.D. (blogcritics.org)
- Grief & My Workplace (mommanaginglife.wordpress.com)
- 5 Things Employers Can do to Manage Grief in the Workplace (thethrivingsmallbusiness.com)
- “Recovery” From Grief (joyblog.spiralingup.net)
- Helping a family coping with child loss. (indianhomemaker.wordpress.com)
- Grief without Tears (scientificamerican.com)
- It’s OK to mourn the loss of Houston and troops (cnn.com)
- The Five Stages of Grief (onewomansperspective02.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Grief Support Resources (ididnotknowwhattosay.wordpress.com)
- Heal Grief Mindfully – Free Yourself From The Emotion (hofholistichealingcenters.com)
- 5 Stages of Grief (griefsupportnh.wordpress.com)