About 2 months ago, I started an Afrikaans blog on Blogger, but then moved it to Wordpress as that seemed to be more popular amongst fellow Afrikaans bloggers.
I immediately noticed the different attitude and habits of the bloggers in this Afrikaans environment. Suddenly I was getting the "strangest" comments on my posts. People actually disagreed with me on certain issues. Comments became discussions. Following comments on posts often became more interesting and entertaining than the original blog. There is a vibrancy amongst the Afrikaans bloggers that I never experienced on my English blog. I was quite taken aback in the beginning, but I soon came to enjoy these lively discussions and arguments that ensued after every blog. Admittedly, there are not so many comments on my posts yet, but discussions on the more established blogs sometimes last for days.
On Just I and Myself I am used to much more reserved comments. Everybody is so polite and invariably agree with whatever view I post. Compliments galore... and I am grateful for every one of them.
Yet I would not mind if people would disagree with me every now and again. I live in a small town with a very conservative lifestyle and basically a very narrow outlook on life, and I know that there are other people out there with other lifestyles and cultures and outlooks and visions and I have a longing to interact with them to learn from them. However, if everybody agrees with me all the time, I will never be challenged to think wider than my little pinpoint on earth.
Surely a person's intelectual and emotional growth starts at birth and only stops with death. This kind of growth can only sprout if it receives enough nutrition in the form of healthy debate. If we only communicate or interact with those who agree with us and thinks like us, we will never be challenged to consider other possibilities and will become stagnant in our growth.
For myself, I want to be exposed to other ideas. I want to know how people differ from me. I want people to be honest if they disagree with my opinion. I want to test new ideas against other people's ideas. You might just know something that could change or enrich my perception or understanding of a matter, situation or incident.
This however does not mean that I want to fight or become angry with people, no, not at all. What I want is to learn from other people's experiences and their more advanced knowledge. So come on guys, if you think that what I wrote is nonsence, tell me. If you have any additional ideas on what I wrote, tell me. If you have a similar story, tell me. If you disagree, tell me. Lets talk about it and learn from one another, and enjoy one another's differences and eccentricities.