posted on Nov, 30 2016 @ 11:04 PM
What do you mean by "ready", exactly? My general opinion on the subject is that of all the pieces of ourselves that we leave in our wake as we travel
through this life, our words carry the most weight...and with it, the most responsibility.
This is especially true of things on the internet, where everyone communicates primarily via text. If you aren't already prepared to back up the words
that you choose to say online with the knowledge that there is a better than average chance that someone may be monitoring your activity, then it
would probably be a good idea to refrain from hitting the 'enter' key at all. As my daddy would say, plainly put: take care that your mouth does not
write checks that your ass cannot cash.
We all say things that we end up regretting at one point or another, but from my perspective, it's not really about what you say. It is more about,
for better or worse, owning those words. If you make a statement that reflects your views, and you believe those views are valid, you should have
little difficulty supporting your position. And if evidence is produced that proves your viewpoint to be wrong, well...that's OK too, because you've
learned something. Either way, be authentic.
I know there is a lot of fear out there about the internet becoming a vetting tool for the "thought police", and I'm just cynical enough to believe
there is at least some level of that already happening regularly. If that's what you're getting at here, then at that point it becomes a question of
just how important it is to express your opinion on matters that might attract closer scrutiny. You either speak your mind anyway and accept that your
words could be used against you later on down the line, or you save the risk for a more deserving battle entirely. That's not a happy choice to make,
but if we're being monitored, the reality is that there is nothing we can realistically do about it.
The way I see it, if there is a legitimate concern that a person could be subjected to interrogation by real life government agents in their own home
without warning or explanation for something they said on the internet, it would be an excellent time to choose his or her battles wisely. Maybe
that's a hidden silver lining...people would be a lot less cavalier about baiting and trolling and spreading false information and harassing people if
they knew there was a possibility that such things could earn them a personal visit from the MIB.
What about you? What would your reaction be if you suddenly got a knock on your door from the government, wanting to have a chat about something you
posted on the internet?