Recently, a position I took has sparked off a robust debate in the blogosphere.
A friend today wrote an e-mail to me to say "not often I think you [are] right", and agreed with a point I had made in another e-mail.
I responded and shared some quick thoughts with him.
First, I don't claim to always be right on everything I share. Opinions, even the so-called "balanced" ones, are often subjective.
Second, I don't write for people to agree with me or to be seen as relevant.
At the end of the day, I will be bored by the staleness that such agreement or relevance brings.
Instead, in expressing myself, I would like to see my views tested.
I rather people disagree with what I express. It is the best way of knowing one's views are being acknowledged, mulled, debated and disputed.
This, as a process, has enabled me to revisit my own views, revise them where needed, and grow as a person.
This is also one the reasons why I value those friends - all of whom are, quite frankly, my mirrors - that subject my views to their numerous and rigorous tests.
So reader, please let me write and, please do feel free to tell me when and why I am not right.