I’m just a cop, but I can tell you this: it’s been a while! I’d like to say that I took a break. I’d like to say that I needed to take a step back from politics, important issues, and debate. I’d like to say I just didn’t give a rat’s ass about anything except my family and close friends. I’d like to say that I just wanted to enjoy my retirement. All of those were true, but only for a little while. I took a break from all of those things and did, in fact, resign myself to just enjoying my retirement. It lasted maybe three months. I just couldn’t stay away. So, I have been engaging in heated debates again on Facebook for several months now, but I decided it was time for me to come back to imjustacop.com again. My blog. My home.
I think it’s obvious to all who know me, I love to debate. But in all earnest, more importantly, I love to share information, views, and opinions about things I consider important. Likewise, I enjoy learning new things from other people, and I enjoy having my positions challenged. The only time I don’t enjoy debate and the exchange of information, views and opinions is when it is done in a disrespectful manner. I have little tolerance for coarseness, discourtesy, or insolence. Arrogance and condescension contribute nothing to a debate in my view, and thus, have no place in one.
Sadly, the Internet is rife with these things. It is a place that sows impoliteness. It is a place where brusqueness combines with an exaggerated sense of invulnerability to create nothing short of boorish behavior. It not only allows, but seems to encourage people to forget all forms of civil mannerism, and devolve themselves into almost nonhuman creatures. I see it happen all too frequently, and I hate it. People are not forced to look into the eyes of the person they are engaged in conversation with, so oft times they simply say whatever comes to their mind, and have absolutely no concern in regard to the usual societal norms. In short, people who would never dare speak rudely to you to your face, have no issue whatsoever calling you an asshole (or much worse) while conversing with you over the Internet. An unfortunate inevitability of mass interaction without being face to face.
On the other hand, and on a brighter note I have also been privy to eloquent, articulate and very polite exchanges. I had recently been invited to two closed Facebook groups, and have become quite active in one of them. Therein I’ve found many people with whom I agree with, and many people with whom I disagree with, in some cases vehemently, and yet almost every instance of interaction has been entirely pleasant and civil. After all, it really is true that there are times when people need to simply agree that they cannot agree, and leave it at that. When both sides have stated their positions clearly, and neither was able to change the other’s opinion on the matter, what would be the point of further deliberation? Personally, I see nothing wrong with conversations ending in this manner, I deem it to be the logically conclusion when opposing sides cannot come to agreement. You just have to find a place where people on the Internet use logic when interacting. I was fortunate enough to have found such a place.
That brings me back to the point at hand: my blog. While Facebook is great for debate, when all is said and done, I sometimes feel as though I am wasting my time. I can spend hours writing and responding to comments, but in the end, I ask myself “what have I accomplished?”, and I find myself on many occasions not being able to come to an adequate conclusion. I do, at times resolve that writing is like many other crafts: it requires practice and continual use in order for its practitioner to have any hopes of mastering it. Therefore, the time I spend formulating well thought-out positions and responses does help me to hone my writing ability. But, is that enough for me? Is that I want to do? Inevitably, the answer is no for me. That was why I originally created this blog: so that I have something that is my very own. So, I here I am, typing on my computer once more, writing what I hope will become a coherent, well written thought, that will be of some interest to folks like you, who then choose to honor me by taking the time to read it. That is the goal, I suppose, of any writer.
So, I am pleased to be back again, blogging away. I am pleased to be, once again, sharing my thoughts with you right here. As always, I encourage and hope that some of you will utilize my forums to communicate with me and your fellow readers. I also welcome any comments and suggestions you may have regarding my blog and forums. We have a lot to discuss, and I look forward to expressing my views, and hearing from you.by