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Brains and Blogging | Responsibility

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?

From Responsibility in the Blogosphere and On Blind Faith:

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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Written by mollyjayne40

25 April 2012 at 06:30

Ashes: Dying to Sin

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Several verses in the Holy Bible make reference to ash as a purifier, a sign of supplication, an act of repentance, a ritual of mourning. (Numb 19:9; 2 Sam 13:19; Esther 4:1,3; Job 42:6; Is 58:5; Jeremiah 6:26; Ezekiel 27:30; Dan 9:3; Jon 3:6; Matt 11:21/Luke 10:13; Heb 9:13, [also 1 Maccabees 3:47, 4:39]). Although the origin of Ash Wednesday is not exactly clear, besides references to baptism by water and fire, Church history records the concept of burnt offerings for serious sins and the practice of washing oneself then in the ashes of the burnt offering. This was sometimes referred to as “second baptism” and it is known that whole communities would sometimes fast in anticipation of first and second Baptisms. This to me seems to be a “praying with ” practice in support of those asking forgiveness.
So on Ash Wednesday, we are reminded of many things, but one important one is the prodding to and reminder that we can die to sin. Ash Wednesday is a special time to take our personal spiritual inventory and put forth the effort to begin anew, to make amends, to set right what is wrong. In the Christian calendar, THIS is the time for New Year’s Resolutions. Perhaps for that reason, though it is not a day of holy obligation for attending Mass, it is one of the most attended holy day masses. While we begin a time of mourning for the coming commemoration of the death of Jesus the Christ, we know too that He rose and we have reason to be in awe of God’s mercy.

Written by mollyjayne40

22 February 2012 at 18:55

As Lent Begins: God Loaned Me a Body

Your body is lent – on loan – to you. God created it uniquely and especially for you, to be a home to your spirit, the you that is of God, the you that God knew before you were even born. We are reminded of the body, it’s purpose and it’s place on Ash Wednesday.

Our body is both a home to our own spirit and to the Holy Spirit, the Love between God-Creator and Jesus-Savior. Do we care for our body as well as our home? And as a home, do we welcome and make our own spirit and God feel loved? Do we bear in mind that we take God into everything we do? Do we honor God with how we treat our body, what we listen to, what we look upon, how we nourish it, how we use it?

Our body is a gift to be cared for more than cared about. Our bodies should serve our spirit and more importantly God’s. Our body cannot do that if it is not cared for, nor if it is cared about too much, to the exclusion of that which is non-material – the essence of being, our very reason for existing – love.

Written by mollyjayne40

22 February 2012 at 18:53

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