Jun 4, 2009

Identity

Honor's Code said something interesting the other day:
Gevlon of Greedy Goblin - I don't agree with him philosophically, but I want to learn what I can from him to increase my own meager supply of WoW gold. I love how he wraps philosophy and his world view into nearly every post while still staying on topic. I would love to develop that skill more in my own blog.
Honors himself often references the fact that he is a (presumably fundamentalist) Christian, and blogs occasionally about religious subjects. I don't begrudge him this, either, it's his blog of course, and he can do with it what he likes.

(Actually, I highly recommend Honor's Code--he really knows his paladin tanking, and his latest series about working through Ulduar is excellent.)

But wrapping your philosophy around everything you write has its downsides. Honors isn't an Andrew Sullivan-style introspective believer. He as a link to the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, which I sincerely believe is dishonest, manipulative, scientifically bogus, and mostly just plain idiotic. (Rotten Tomatoes gives it 10%: Consensus: Full of patronizing, poorly structured arguments, Expelled is a cynical political stunt in the guise of a documentary.)

Ben Stein said during an interview about that movie "...Love of God and compassion and empathy leads you to a very glorious place, and science leads you to killing people." If Honors wrapped up every post in that kind of dreck, I would likely stop reading his blog, as I have basically quit on Gevlon.

Of course, I'm guilty of much the same. I don't disguise my beliefs (doesn't matter, I suppose, since no one reads me anyway). But this is only about half and half WoW and politics, similar to TNC. A political blog can't disguise its opinions, and shouldn't. But if one writes mostly about WoW or a non-political subject (and I suppose this is the point I was going for), one should tread carefully on political subjects.

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