By Kenneth Justice
~ In just a few hours I leave to Madison, Wisconsin, the latest stop on my yearlong Drinking in the Culture Tour. As I’ve been saying all week, when I began this year long tour of coffee shops around the Western World I honestly didn’t know what to expect;
—) Would bloggers and readers come out to meet me?
—) What would we even talk about if people did come to the coffee shops?
—) Would the entire year be an abysmal failure?
Now, with my upcoming 5th stop on the U.S. portion of my tour, all of those concerns have fallen to the wayside as readers and fellow bloggers have responded with such warmth that each weekend I find myself humbled to be received by so many of you.
Even in places where I’ve only met up with 3 or 4 fellow bloggers, the conversation has been so dynamic and intellectually stimulating that smaller groups merely enhanced how wonderful the experience has been for me.
The bottom-line is that as our culture moves toward greater levels of triviality…..people find themselves wanting more depth,
—) we don’t want to simply talk about silly Facebook status updates
—) we don’t want to listen to the latest office gossip
—) we aren’t satisfied with conversations about nothing
The Western World is filled with triviality. During a conversation with someone in Philadelphia last weekend they told me, “as I get older I’m realizing more and more that I want depth in my life”. This doesn’t mean that we are all going to go home and read Plato or Socrates; for each of us we will find different avenues to pursue depth. For some of us it could be poetry, art, philosophy, theology, or fill-in-the-blank. There is something in our soul that craves something more out of life than merely sitting at home and zoning out in front of the television.
We want to be a part of a conversation, a larger conversation with many different people where we really talk about the things that matter most.
Perhaps what is most surprising to me is how much my readers and fellow bloggers are affecting me. Both with your comments to my articles and the things you share with me face-to-face as we sit across at coffee. You are changing me for the better. You are giving me ideas I’ve never thought about, and you’re challenging me to consider things that I’ve never contemplated.
In any given day I might read a comment that stirs my soul by a Christian pastor like Mel Wild or a thought by an agnostic like Mikels that challenges me to really think over a matter. Each of you are helping me revaluate where I myself am going in life and what I hope to accomplish in the future.
For now, I’m not making too many big life altering decisions, I’m merely trying to breathe and make it through one day at time. But as I reflect on the first month of my Drinking in the Culture Tour I’m beginning to realize that this year is changing me in ways I hadn’t expected and the future is now becoming a lot bigger than I had ever realized before.
Most importantly, I’m seeing firsthand how big the blogging world really is. Do you write articles about fashion? Do you post your poetry? Do you talk about politics, religion, or do you simply upload a copy of your most recent painting each morning?
The blogging world is a massive world filled with people that have a plethora of skills. All of us from so many different walks of life have been joined together in a way that never could have been imagined 100 years ago, hell; nobody could of imagined the way we are connected together even 20 years ago!
And so that alone makes me marvel at the possibility of what the future may hold. Perhaps there is a next step in the world of the blogosphere. What it is I’m not really sure. But I suspect that as each of us continues expressing our passion through blogging the possibilities of what awaits us could be bigger than any of us could imagine.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my tea this morning. I direly miss my morning coffee but I am still resting my voice for my arrival to Wisconsin in less than 24 hours. If you live in or near Madison, Wisconsin I’d love to have coffee with you! The locations are posted on my homepage or just send me an email and we can connect.
Categories: Culture & Society