Fandango’s latest Provocative Question is, “Are you the same person on your blog as you are in real life? Do you like yourself more in the virtual world than you do in the real world?” Okay, it’s two questions actually, but the answer is the same, as the “real” me is a person I like, even if I do see and (usually) publicly admit his failings.
In my blog – I preach, teach, and at times pontificate. Yes, that is me. My wife used to call me out on it in “real life,” pointing out to me (all too often) that “you are in teacher mode again.”
But my “Sheldon-like pedantic streak is also tempered with some diplomacy, which betrays my actually rather tolerant heart. While there might be “right answers” to objective questions, I recognise the subjective nature of many issues.
I am unapologetic for my Theism, and I wholeheartedly subscribe to Jesus’ testimony that the two greatest commandments are to love God, and to love my fellow humans. That love is not judgmental. I hope that is plain to see in my blog.
One of the readers of my blog recently commented that the viewpoint in some of my recent Covid-19 related posts is pessimistic, but that she could detect an underlying optimism. Here too, I am what it says on the tin. I may as a writer express what many might be feeling at the moment, but I am really an optimist. I really do believe “all things will work together for good . . . . ”
In short, I am the same person in my blog as I am in my “real world” existence, and I get on with that person pretty well.