I have been using the internet since 1997 and I created my first web site in 2000 and I used Newsgroups before creating my own blog. I have been using Facebook since 2008. That has been a good way to get to know others who have been on similar journeys, but as an introvert I’m frequently frustrated by the lack of depth and an inability to develop on-going meaningful discussions. My thoughts have changed again quite dramatically over the last year and I stepped back some time ago and I’ve been working on a completely new introduction to my blog.
I haven’t kept up to date with recent changes in technology – even some of the improvements to WordPress and Facebook – and I’ve never really used Tags. I’ve been told that my writing is sometimes too intense. I’ve removed quite a lot of my older material from the blog. I’d like to be able to create a ‘safe haven’ where a few friends old and new, could share something of their own journeys and appreciate the common ground and the differences. I’m looking for some feedback not only on the content but on how I might be able to improve the layout, make use of Tags and how best to link to Facebook.
The new introduction is entitled:
My Journey through Christendom
Now that I have ‘finished’ updating the foundation of my blog I’m looking forward to sharing some of those thoughts that have been put aside for some time. This seems to be a good starting point – if anyone has several minutes to spare.
As a 15 year old English lad I got into serious trouble at school when I dared to suggest that the British Empire had been built on greed and selfishness. That was in 1950, long before the stories of companies like The British East India Company and the wealthy owners became general knowledge.
Last year I came across an article entitled, “3 Ways Humans Create Poverty” that suggested that it is impossible to solve an entrenched problem like mass poverty without understanding how it came into being, and that there’s every reason to believe we can overcome poverty, if we take the time to understand and learn the lessons from how it is created.
The authors effectively traced the causes back to colonialism and slavery. I found myself wondering how much blame for this could be placed on misguided Christian missionary zeal.
I know that’s a very unorthodox suggestion, but if you have the time please read the article and the link to the Bill Gates Foundation and see what you think.