Doors I’d Rather Not Open

Today’s WordPress prompt is:

Make a list of 5 things you’re afraid to write about.

This shouldn’t be too hard.

1. Politics – They say you should never discuss politics in public, for fear of starting an enormous argument. Politics also can get very complicated very quickly… and I’m not sure I have the energy or inclination to start that kind of debate.

2. Religion – I will occasionally write about my religion, or at least mention it in passing, but I don’t like to do it a lot because this is not a religious blog and I don’t want to seem like I’m pushing my beliefs on anyone.

3. My personal life – If I wrote about my personal life, everyone would be so bored they’d quit reading this blog. I save the personal life rants for my paper journal that nobody ever sees. But the reason I’m afraid to write about it is because this is the Internet, and for understandable reasons, I don’t want my personal life in the public view.

4. Abortion – I’m afraid to start a huge debate that could result in anger and flaming. There are certain things you don’t talk about unless you’re with a group of people that you know shares your views – and this is one of those things. Also, the debate could get very emotional… and that can lead to more conflict.

5. Global warming, the Big Bang theory, evolution, etc. – I don’t know enough about science or the environment to even form an intelligent opinion about these things. One day I’ll do all the proper research and form an opinion, but for now I’m scared to write about it or even mention it because I know very little about it. I’m not one of those people who talks at length about a topic they don’t truly understand.

Put it this way – I like calm, rational debates when I am informed enough to not sound like a fool. I also fear writing about things in which I am heavily emotionally invested – because then emotions, not logic, tend to rule.

12 thoughts on “Doors I’d Rather Not Open

  1. I don’t particularly like writing/ talking about the the first three either. Especially the third. I keep a personal diary for that as well. It’s worrying to write about your personal life and even worse when no one finds it interesting! 😉

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  2. Another thoughtful post. I see no harm in talking about something one doesn’t fully understand, so long as one doesn’t pretend to have the definitive answer. By raising a subject and exploring some aspect, one might gain more understanding from some of the responses. So if asked for my opinion, I’d say don’t be worried about introducing any subject that intrigues …

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  3. As you know, I’ve talked about politics, religion, the death penalty, suicide, and other controversial topics. Only a few of the discussions degenerated into brawls. 😉

    And the topics did make for some lively debates.

    After seeing what happened with each topic, I have decided to steer clear of politics and religion EXCEPT in very small doses. Since I don’t have strong views on the death penalty or suicide, I can very easily listen to “opposing viewpoints” without getting hot and bothered.

    Of course, since I don’t have strong views, I’m not inclined to re-visit them on a regular basis.

    I will say this, Maggie . . . you have a light touch with everything you say so I ALWAYS enjoy hearing your viewpoint, even if it doesn’t match my own.

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  4. I generally agree, though I would amend your statement that some things are best discussed in private with people who you know agree. From my POV, I see where you’re coming from, but I think friends should be able to discuss even things they disagree about. I was on a BBS once where the two main people in the Religion conference were a born-again Christian and an Orthodox Jew, and their posts were always interesting and always respectful. And they disagreed a lot. 🙂

    I think the main point is not to get into those things on the Internet, not unless you want flaming and trolls and all the rest.But real friends should be able to talk about those things, in an appropriate setting.

    One of my mystery stories ended with my detective character (who is an atheist) making arrangements to have a talk with a priest, and she says they can debate the existence of god (among other topics). He laughs and says he doesn’t see the point, since neither of them will convince the other. “I don’t think we will either,” she said (I’m paraphrasing), “but you bring your best arguments and I’ll bring mine, and I’ll bet we both learn something.”

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    1. You’re right. Sometimes it’s fun to talk with friends about your differing views… as long as your friends aren’t the type who are very easily offended.

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  5. That’s a good list, Maggie. I would definitely not blog about any of those five because to me there is no ‘right answer’ to any of them, so you’re bound to get into trouble. One question though, would you write about them in your fiction? They’re such emotive issues and the obvious conflict will always make for a compelling story or character clash…

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    1. I think all of these are good topics for fiction, and I’ve written about them all (well, not #5, yet). As you say, they’re a good source of conflict, and sometimes readers can even end up liking characters they disagree with, or vice versa, and that’s a good source of tension, too.

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  6. Interesting and good reasons. On my blog, I probably wouldn’t write about most of those (unless I’m writing about writing about them …). In my stories on the other hand I would if it were relevant to my characters/the story (with the exception of something about my personal life of course). Done some of them often enough, others haven’t come up. Yet.

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