March 17, 2008

Sorry!

Hi everyone...
I feel like I've offended several recently with my environmental comments. Blogging is a great thing most of the time, but when you write something that's an opinion or just a thought you're having at the time, it can be a bad thing. I really try to write about topics that are coming up in my life, and sometimes my opinion just comes right out there. I don't think my comment was as well-phrased as it could have been (I literally wrote it in a few seconds, not putting a ton of thought into it). I obviously am a Conservative, but in the grand scheme of things, each of us knows more about certain topics than others. I totally get this, and I'm not looking to get into a debate with anyone. I think the mature attitude is to agree to disagree on some things, and I hope this doesn't make anyone think less of me. I won't apologize for my opinions, but I will apologize if people think I was trying to blatantly offend or start an argument---I wasn't! Hopefully you, as my friends, understand my motives and heart.

8 comments:

Kristal said...

Hi Ashley! I completely respect your right to have a different opinion than me, and I definitely don't think you need to apologize for it. You didn't offend me, although reading back my comment, I can see why you would have thought that you did. I just think the issue is much more complicated than a paragraph can explain. But no matter what, it's your blog, and you can voice every opinion you have without feeling the need to apologize! I don't agree with everything you say on your blog (and I'm sure you feel the same of mine) but I also really enjoy getting a different perspective. So please continue to say what you think. ;)

Anonymous said...

You have claimed that you are a conservative many time on this blog, but you haven't proved it until today. I want to congratulate you for this milestone! This apology proved it without a doubt. You begin by claiming you don't want to offend anyone, and state where your coming from. Then you imply that you don't know much about the issue at hand. Its completely fine to admit this. Lots of people out there don't know all the facts on lots of issues but are still able to form opinions on them and act accordingly. Next you state that you don't want to get into a debate with anyone about your stand on the issue. You would rather do the polite thing and avoid confrontation. That is the wisest choice. But here is the part that proves you are a conservative: you don't consider that your opinion might change if you learned more. Knowledge is dangerous, and anyone who investigates for themselves might risk changing their mind. True conservatives know this, and you have proven that you are squarely in their ranks. Liberals will claim that its not their opinions that make them liberal, its the willingness to always find out more about an issue and use what they learn to base their opinions on. But don't fall for that, that is the talk of weak minded flip-floppers!

Ashley said...

May I ask who this is?

I really don't view my apology as proving my political stance. As a Christian, sometimes keeping your witness and kindess is more important than proving a point and being argumentative. I have lots of things I could say to defend my thoughts, but I'm not writing a political blog.

I consider myself a conservative thinker because most of the time, it lines up with my spiritual and biblical views as well. No political party is perfect!

Sometimes making an apology isn't "backing down," "avoiding confrontation," or "playing it safe." It's recognizing that in certain situations it's best to put things to rest and just move on.

marykelly said...

I didn't find your message offensive at all. When Sheryl Crow talked about using one square of toliet tissue I thought now this is getting out of control! How can anyone use one square! I hadn't heard about using the paper double-sided and single spaced. Some of the things they suggest are outlandish. Don't get me wrong I want clean air. I like your blog, and it's refreshing!:)

Ashley said...

Thank you, thank you, "marykelly"! It's nice to hear some encouraging words. Do I know you personally? :)

Carrie and David said...

I didn't find your comment offensive either. But I completely agree that as a Christian, a lot of times it is better to just let something go and be gracious, rather than try to defend yourself and prove your point. I know that is a very hard thing to do, so I admire your apology! It's a shame that some people still seem to want to pick a fight even after you apologize and try to drop it.

Tommy, Suzanne, and Mary Peyton said...

i agree with carrie.

and before i type a bunch of stuff, that's all i'm going to say about it.

you and i have talked - you know how i feel....

Ro said...

Although varying opinions are at times refreshing, it is annoying when one comments negatively on another person's blog (repetitively - as if to debate) but conveniently does so anonymously. Seems rather cowardly to me...but then again who am I to judge?

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