These days it’s easier than ever to stir things up. While it’s always been possible to start an argument with someone, today’s social media and interactive news sites are particularly well-suited for flamethrowers and pot stirrers and seem to draw them in like flies to you-know-what.
I’ve been sucked into the fray myself a few times, but I’ve found that I can usually eliminate the temptation by not reading comments on news sites and by blocking or ignoring provocateurs on social media.
That’s not to say I don’t ever want to do some stirring of my own. I hope sometimes to stir up some things on this blog for example. But I try not to be unkind or obnoxious when I do.
An ancient writer urged folks to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” That’s good advice I think and something I need to work harder on.
Don’t neglect meeting together and encouraging one another, the writer continued, especially in anxious times.
Saturday night we hosted our monthly gathering of the group we call “Piedmont Sustainable Living.” We had an excellent pot luck supper followed by a fun and interesting discussion of natural and home remedies. A lot of wisdom and good advice was shared.
We also discussed our county’s plan to try to attract over 500 chicken CAFOs and a monstrous processing plant to our community. On that subject, I think it’s fair to say we were stirring up one another.
It seems to me that when a group of people gather in friendship to help and encourage one another, the stirring they do will be good. On the other hand, it seems to me that the stirring that happens when angry people bang out insults on their keyboards is just a pointless waste of energy and passion.