One of the issues with the Web is that blogs are often meant as a way to communicate with one’s friends, but it’s hard to keep jerks from finding them and using them against you without relatively inconvenient systems like password protection (that make it hard to show your entries to a new person).
Which is of course one of the things that makes LiveJournal great! The Friends system makes it easy to add and remove people’s access privileges.
Actually, part of my personal philosophy is that you shouldn’t do anything that you can’t defend, and that you should be willing to do and defend any actions that are morally right even if they are unpopular. As I think Confucious said, “the quality of a man is determined not by what they do when they are being watched, but how they behave in private.” If you have made a mistake in the past, it should not bother you to freely admit that you’ve been in error if you have in fact learned from your mistake. People have the right to change their minds, and it is OK, for instance, for you to have smoked marijuana in the past even if you are straightedge now. Otherwise, people wouldn’t be able to grow and develop, they would be locked into whatever morality (or lack thereof) their parents chose for them.
The only problem is that privacy is necessary in oppressive, non-Libertarian societies where people will interfere with your life even when you’re just minding your own business, and they will try to enforce their morality upon you. If I were gay in a society that lynched gay people, I probably wouldn’t come out on my blog despite this personal philosophy.
How do you folks feel about my personal philosophy? Should I be embarrassed of it, or does it make sense? 😉