Recently I’ve started receiving a lot of comments. This is new for me. I look at every one because I have comment moderation turned on.
Routinely, nearly 100% of the comments that come in are marked as “spam” by my system. That’s because they link back to commercial websites.
First, I didn’t think much of this. Some of the comments were obviously glib and linked back to sex sites. Most of those did not survive moderation.
But I have gotten a really lot of comments on my “Dancing” article, and many of them came from the same company selling cigarettes. They would each link to a different page on that website.
These were nice comments. Kind of “vanilla” but they seemed genuine.
But now I’d like to ask you: Are they?
Are you leaving comments at my site because you really like it, or because someone told you to do it in the hopes that it would increase traffic at the site of the company where you work? I’m not going to hold you up as some kind of big hypocrite if you answer with “yeah, that’s really why I left a comment.”
But I do want to point out that there is some dishonesty in such an action. And dishonesty leads to violations of your own integrity, and to the contamination of your true feelings for the things you really love, and also the things you really hate. And the end product of those compromises could be the belief that it doesn’t really matter. And I’m here to remind you: It does really matter.
The game here on earth may come to an end. Or it could survive for many centuries, in some state or another. And if it does, you will probably be in it (and so will I) – in some state or another.
A lot of writers – a lot of people – have said this down through the years. And I don’t much care if they were right to say it then; I think it’s right to say now:
The time has come to get straight. We have enough knowledge now, enough free time, enough space for inner reflection and serious study, to actually accomplish this. To step out of the lies we tell ourselves every day to make the game seem more real, to take a look at the game from a more exterior point of view and to decide what’s really important in this game and what isn’t. And that’s a big step towards honesty.
It’s okay if we play the game of trying to get more site visits for the companies where we work. But why not just do it honestly? What’s wrong with it? We all need to work at companies or as our own companies. And our companies need attention from potential customers in order to stay in business and prosper. So why hide what we are doing? It is nothing to be ashamed of. And if we leave a comment at a site saying we really liked it, when we really didn’t look at it or didn’t really have an opinion, that’s something to be ashamed of. That is a form of self-harm.
Reminder: If you think people should be more honest, get onto Twitter and say so, and put #GUYTTT (Give us youth: Tell the truth!) in the tweet so I can count the number of tweets made in the name of more honesty in government, in the media, and in our personal lives.