By Matt Heet
I first considered a blog after reading a chapter called “Is God in Cyberspace?” in the book Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman. It was one of the most thought provoking books I have read in awhile and the chapter was emphasizing how the Internet has given humans a greater influence on each other. Humans have a choice to be a positive or negative influence, and that choice has become even more critical with the establishment of the Internet. All the social media tools we have at our finger tips is staggering and it is important to use them in a way that improves society. Unfortunately too often these tools are used as a way to be divisive; just check out your Facebook feed the next time we have a mass shooting in the U.S. if you don’t believe me. I don’t have any preconceived notions about “changing the world”, but I do find value in doing my part to improve the environment I live in, and this blog is my opportunity.
My second reason behind this venture is that this blog gives me an outlet for one of my hobbies . . . thinking. For as long as I can remember when someone would ask me my favorite hobbies I would always say watching or participating in athletics or reading. What I have come to find out is I enjoy both of those because I truly appreciate thinking. I am so afraid of diseases such as dementia because they would tear away at my favorite adulthood pastime. I’ll never forget one of the greatest compliments I ever received from a student, she simply said to me during a class period, “Don’t you get tired trying to be better.” Of course I do at times; I do love “down time” in front of the television, just ask my wife, but I am passionate about the pursuit of critical thinking.
I hope through my journal entries I can provide entertaining material that allows people to think on a variety of topics, and sometimes encourage others to make their surroundings more pleasant. Enjoy.
Just in case I had interested you in the book I referenced earlier,
here is a link to review and purchase the book.