A Restless Evil
I haven’t been writing here lately for a number of reasons. For one, there are lots of things competing for my time; church, the farm, my radio show, print media commitments, turkey season – the list goes on.
We’re all busy, but we can usually find time to do the things we really want to do. I just haven’t had the desire to post blog entries and contribute to the noise pollution that is the internet. I fear that sometimes I’m just one more source of confusion.
The blogosphere is always awash with uninformed opinion. Usually, the least informed speak the loudest.
Take for example the recent teapot tempest over Lean, Finely Textured Beef (LFTB.) I refrain from referring to it by it’s more colorful and pejorative appellation.
A Houston-based self-appointed nutrition blogger (sans portfolio) jumped on the non-issue with both feet, fueling a foodie firestorm of unreasonable and biased misinformation and public outrage. The result was the near destruction of a valuable company that made significant contributions to its own industry as well as its community and society at large. I was especially upset about hundreds, potentially thousands of good people losing their livelihood because of uninformed opinions. The unintended consequences are rife. Countless other amateur – and some professional – wags and pundits are grabbing on to LFTB, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and legitimate livestock production practices (among other “causes”) to build their reputations and force their beliefs on others.
James, the brother of Jesus, shared some very relevant thoughts in James 3.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
There’s a level of responsibility we all bear when we begin recklessly tossing our thoughts and opinions into the winds of cyberspace. It’s quick and easy to dash off a few spite-filled lines when you disagree with something. With blogs, Twitter, Facebook and so many other electronic soapboxes available to us, a great forest can quickly be set ablaze.
Realize the power of these tools and use them appropriately and responsibly, just like we do our machinery and equipment on farms and ranches, so that the job gets done but no one gets hurt.