Perhaps it was because I’d spent pretty much the whole day surfing on Facebook and was getting tired, but on a post relating to the fall in the price of oil, I made a couple of comments, one intended to be sarcastic, another about how the liberals, conservatives, and libertarians don’t know how to communicate with each other. I had to apologize for not making clear that I was being sarcastic on the first comment (should have included what’s known as the sarc tag), and got the following response on the second with my link to this blog.
Conservative friend: “I’m still looking for the light in that horrifying rendition of animal scientology. Perhaps the ideology of Angels and Monkey’s cohabiting the same body is an indication of light brain matter?”
Ouch! Talk about a complete misunderstanding! That’s not my friend’s fault, but mine for not communicating clearly. At least this friend did read my previous blog entry, and possibly some of my other posts as well. The following is my response.
Me: “As for my Lizard, Monkey, Angel theory (and that’s all it is), I’m sorry it didn’t make sense. To be honest, I have absolutely no use for Scientology and I also have no use for science fiction authors (L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction author before he founded Scientology) who fall into the temptation of creating a religion. I am not interested in creating a religion as Jesus Christ did a far better job of it than I ever could. I am, however, quite intrigued by the strongly negative response to one person’s theory. Did you read all the posts laying it out, or just the most recent on Worldviews and Politics?”
I haven’t received an answer to my question.
So why do I say it’s my fault for not communicating clearly? First, I made the mistake of assuming my conservative friends would understand a post geared to my liberal friends. But I’ve been talking about how liberals and conservatives almost never talk to each other and can’t understand each other when they do. Second, I actually wrote the post from the point of view of a Triune Integrated—or tried to. Problem is, I have no idea how many other people reading anything I write are Triune Integrateds themselves, and there’s no guarantee even they would have any idea what I’m talking about.
I take this as a reminder to be more careful about how I shape my messages if I want to be understood by the people to whom I’m speaking. I may have been writing stories for decades, now, but I’ve written all my stories for me, not for the general public. It remains to be seen whether I will find any market for them, although my manner of writing here differs substantially from the manner in which I’ve told the stories.
Although I’ve been on Facebook for years (though not active till the last couple of months), I’m still getting used to the scrum, as my three sets of friends, liberal, conservative, and libertarian all post their very different points of view, often one right after another. I’m still not entirely clear how Facebook works, so I don’t know if my different friends can see each other’s posts on my news feed or timeline unless I Like or Share, or Comment.
Communicating with my three sets of friends in terms they can understand, even if they don’t agree, is definitely a learning experience.