Trying reason. To form an opinion. Caution – Long Reads.
Author: Political Commentator
Every single day, I spend an inordinate amount of time on the Internet trying to sift through the news of the day - some true, a lot of it fake - almost all of it trying to build a narrative. I have come to realise that almost every news story that I come upon passes through the filter of my political opinion/leaning and is consumed through this smudged lens. For a long time, I thought that the way I think, the way I look at/perceive things is the 'right', morally impenetrable way of looking at things. Since the advent of Facebook, rather since my advent on Facebook in early 2009, I had been quite unabashed in spewing my opinions out there and trampling upon every thought that was contrary.
And then, some time last year, I noticed that I would get rattled when contrary opinions/thought processes starting hogging the comments section on my posts. I realised that I would feel extremely riled if someone got the better of me in an argument on Facebook, always certain that in a face-to-face debate I would have gotten the better of them.
Anyway, over time, I convinced myself that I needed to appreciate the contrary point of view more. And now I am uncertain. I hardly have an opinion that is not clouded with doubts.
It doesn't help when I feel that the readers often respond to me, the person they know, and not the thought that I have put out there. And I don't want it to be so. The Political Commentator is an attempt on my part to be anonymous and put my thoughts out there. I believe that this would help me to express myself more freely. I intend to treat this freedom that this anonymity affords me with great responsibility.
I am acutely aware that over the years maybe no one would come across what I have written. At this point in time, that doesn't bother me so much.
This is just an attempt to understand myself, and see how my thought processes change over a period of time.
Let's see how it goes. If you have managed to stumble upon this website, you are extremely jobless. Like me. :D