Saturday, February 19, 2011

Misinterpretations and Facebook

It is funny how words can mean different things to different people.  Recently I found myself blocked from a friends facebook wall - due to a comment I made.   What a strange world we live in.   I love social media and all forms of communication, but it is sad when something which if  you were saying it out loud, would be laughed at, but when written it can misinterpreted.  I'm a fairly open book, and I understand that if I post something publically, you are putting it out there - and cannot complain when there are comments made.  I would never write anything derogatory or bad - but I always speak the truth and how I feel..  If someone makes an insensitive comment, I am one of the first to send a private message to suggest they review what is written - so it was a great surprise that my comment became an issue.   In all honesty, if you analyse the situation, it probably wasn't  the actual comment at all - it is how that person is feeling, and that is something we cant know.  If a person is feeling insecure and not confident, it is easy to misread or misinterpret.   But we dont know.. perhaps everyone should have one of those little mood applications - so we can see how they feel, but you might need one for how you feel about every different person!  

It's an interesting topic and certainly one to expand on further.  Do we hold off and not say what we think, or are we open to discussion and debate about situations?   Why use a fairly public forum if you dont really want to share?  Or what is your motivation for sharing?   I'm still trying to work that out.  

Friday, February 18, 2011

umm.. embarrasment...i lost my blog!

umm.. what can I say.. here I am immersed in social media in all forms and somehow I neglected this blog.   Past few months have been full on personally, and I've put putting a lot more into my poetic writings. I must make amends and start putting some intelligent comment on here very soon!  

Friday, May 28, 2010

are we leading the donkey? WAKE UP

Hearing on the radio today about a push to allow female circumcison in Australia... what the??? This time i am so angry - what the hell are we doing in this country. We are like an Aesops fable.. are we leading the donkey or is the donkey leading us?????

Wake up people and start making a noise - we are fast losing our identity and the social problems which will follow in the next few years are frightening. Yes we welcome migration - australia is built upon migration - and yes we had a shitty history - but then what country hasn't? It is time to say that people coming to Australia must be prepared to live by our rules - to enjoy our freedoms, they give up some of their customs - what is wrong with that? I travel alot, and I always ensure I look up local customs and be sure to follow them and not to offend - that is fair enough. Why is Australia still treating itself like some kind of backwater? We are a strong and vibrant country, full of beauty and diversity. We must ensure that we do not destroy what we have by constantly allowing our freedom to deteriorate. The use of the word racist for anyone with an opinion on freedom for Australian's is ridiculous. I'm really angry about this one.

Have we really lost the plot?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

sorting through the chaff

I've taken my time thinking about this blog...whether to keep it really close, or get on my soapbox. I think it will be a bit of both - I can't really help myself.

One thing i have to say, is that I am really becoming aware of how lucky we have been in Australia - we manage to find things to complain about - but on a world scale we are indeed blessed. Sadly we take it all for granted. I know I have. As a child growing up in Australia, school was a given - food was a given and clothing was a given (although maybe not always the ones i wanted!). My travels have shown me that in many countries, education is indeed a gift and a privilege. Here in Australia and other developed countries, children try and get out of school - truancy is on the rise - how is it, that we have not managed to instill in our society, the true value of an education.

By education I don't necessarily mean tertiary - university isn't always the way - but the gift of literacy - being able to read, write and develop understanding and the ability to think for oneself.

Sometimes I fear for our world where information is so easy to access, but that without education, it is hard to sort truth from fiction, lies from fact and be able to discern what matters.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

overwhelmed with emotions today... you can't please all of the people all of the time, that is something I seem to be experiencing lately. Trying to rationalise and understand why some people seem just to want to take and take and leave you so drained. I try to be a generous and giving person, but when just one thing goes wrong, it is amazing how people turn. I am certainly seeing who is a true friend and who is not - but it hurts - as I myself am always very open and honest - I don't like being used.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

first feeling

Feeling good! Woo hoo... finally getting things started. A place for me to tell the world what i feel. Sometimes it might be feel good, other times it might feel like I'm on a soapbox... but guess what? I like that feeling - so for me it's a win win!