Bloggers who read this site are largely evangelistic — they publish their ideas and criticize others. Though each of us bloggers is inevitably evangelizing, we all have different attitudes toward the certainty of our beliefs and different attitudes about how useful our thoughts may be for others.
To explore your attitudes, below I made two related polls. Unfortunately, I can not link these polls to show your combinations of thoughts, so you’ll have to share that in the comments. I invite long comments on these issues. I will put my opinion as the first comment.
1. Evangelizing Your Views
“Evangelism” is considered a bad word in some circles. But heck, if you think something is good, it is natural to try and share it. The real question is how we share and to whom. I figure blogging is a volunteer sharing — if you aren’t looking, you won’t find it and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it. Blogging is the gentlest form of Evangelism. I think most would agree that coercive evangelism should be avoided. But how about non-coercive In-your-face evangelism is more grey and debatable depending on how critical you feel your message is.
Naturally we all think our opinions are more accurate than the opinions we don’t hold. We feel that even though we may hold some doubts about some of our opinions. But how confident are you that your perspective should be able to help everyone. How important do you think your message is?
The poll below explores part of this question. I was not sure how to ask the question, so when replying please realize that these were some of the other ways I also thought about phrasing the question:
- Everybody with would be better off with my perspective/faith/religion/philosophy/outlook.
- I recommend my religion or my ideas for everyone
- My way of understanding the world would improve anyone’s life
- If the world embraced my philosophy, it would be a better place.
2. Accuracy & Benefit
The next poll addresses the matter of “Truth” (accuracy) vs Method (benefit).
Each of us, perhaps based largely on temperament, holds different feeling/attitude/idea about the relationship between accuracy and benefit. For the poll below the following bullets explain the options:
To be beneficial, a system of thought ….
- A. must contain only accurate ideas — in other words, “facts”
- B. must contain largely accurate ideas, but may naturally contained still unproven concepts
- C. must contain accurate ideas, but can contain both some unproven and some inaccurate ideas.
- D. may be a mix of unproven (but potential true) ideas, and inaccurate ideas
- E. may be composed of only inaccurate ideas
I will give my opinion on these matters in the comments — but I’d rather hear some of yours first.