Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Knowledge is Power
Human nature never ceases to amaze me.
I consider myself to be intelligent, and take pride in this. My curiosity drives me to read and to learn, believing there is power in knowledge. It is in knowing things that we can either use the knowledge for the good of ourselves and others, or to change something that is wrong. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is simply the state of not knowing. Ignorance is also dangerous, allowing things that need to be changed to remain the way they are. The reason I am reflecting on this is something that has come to my attention recently.
Social networking is a blessing and a curse. There is a "feed" on some sights, that shows the most recent posts of those on your list of "friends", which essentially are people who are linked to your information and posts. Included on the feed are threads of conversation, comments and more postings. Okay, granted most people know all of this. Most of the world knows far more than I about "social networking" and how it works.
I try to keep up, but I have limits. It takes up so much time to try to blog, post to Facebook, "Tweet" (if it is Twitter, shouldn't it be "Twit"?). I have other things I need to or have to do. I do try, because there are those that I really connect with, and things I really care about.
For me, part of what holds me back or some say puts me off, is the "chatter". When I say something, I want it to be something of value. I don't want to waste anyone's time. I like discussions, and opportunities to share knowledge. I try to share what I think has importance, and I seek that from others.
Recently, someone posted that they are sick and tired of the postings regarding animal neglect, abuse, and rescue. They stated that they log in to check out what their friends are doing. They do not want these things on their feed, and they want people to stop it.
I understand the social aspect of these sites. I respect the right of people to post about their day, their dates, their parties, their personal issues, jobs, shopping trips, and updates of their TV shows, etc. They have every right to post whatever they want, and I will support them in that.
I also appreciate the value of networking on these sites, as well. So, I personally use it to educate myself and others. I will continue to read and post things that I find of value and importance, including animal related items.
I post these things because I believe it is through awareness that we educate others of the realities of animal neglect and abuse. This is what I want to stop. The only way to stop it, and hopefully prevent some of it is by facing it. Ignoring it does not mean it does not exist, it merely means you condone it. I have a conscience that does not allow me to look away and condone these things.
My intent is not to offend, it is to educate and perhaps inspire others to get involved in some form of rescue. If a post affects you, please use that to do something for the animals who cannot. Perhaps you can donate something to a local shelter or rescue facility.
If you have pets, love them. Imagine if they were to become lost or homeless, and what you would want someone to do to help them. Not all animals are as blessed as yours may be.