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This past week, I’ve been reminded of some things that make me sad, so I thought I’d share those things with you . . .
#1 – The “Homeschool Wars”. I’ve been a part of the homeschool community for many years now, and most of that time I’ve been a part of “the greater homeschool community” – online. When we first started homeschooling – and later on, attending conventions – it was such an uplifting experience. I’d come away feeling connected and encouraged. Nowadays, not so much. (Now, I should probably disclose that the average homeschooler probably doesn’t see these “issues” or even know that they exist; but, as a homeschooler who has served the community on the vendor side of things – over the years working for various entities in various positions – I see it and it saddens me.) It started out with what I call the “magazine wars” and expanded into the “convention wars”. Because, obviously, there is only enough room in homeschooling for ONE magazine and ONE convention, right? NO! I’m being facetious. But, that’s the way these vendors act. It would be just terrible for another company to come along and one-up them. So, they are all trying to add new features and create new products so that they look better. And, in turn, it just makes them look worse. The “gravity effect” is in play here too, as I’ve now seen this trickle down into the homeschool blogger community as well. It makes me feel like I’m back in the work force, dealing with the whole “dog eat dog” and “you have to step on people to get to the top” mentalities. I see people literally turning their backs on others at conventions, and it makes me sad. But, it’s what we – as homeschoolers – have made it. I wish we could turn it around and get back to what’s important – our families and homeschooling our children (the next generation) – I shiver to think what could come about if we keep on our current trend. 😥
#2 – The “Disney Wars”. It used to be that I would say that at least the Disney community was “one”. Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore. Just in the last few months, I’ve seen (and experienced) a tremendous amount of backstabbing, Facebook “unfriending”, and just general mean and nasty behavior. It makes me sad. I want to just jump on that crane that goes to the top of Cinderella’s Castle with a megaphone and yell “Why can’t we all just get along?!” You know what? Things generally tend to work better when people are working together, rather than against each other. I don’t know why that’s such a hard concept to learn. These two quotes by Walt himself seem to state exactly what I’m trying to (only better):
Every man is captain of his career and there must be cooperation all around if he is to get what he wants out of life.
I think if there’s any part I’ve played . . . the vital part is coordinating these talents, and encouraging these talents, and carrying them down a certain line. It’s like pulling together a big orchestra. They’re all individually very talented. I have an organization of people who are really specialists. You can’t match them anywhere in the world for what they can do. But they all need to be pulled together, and that’s my job.
#3 – Christians who have nothing better to do with their time than nit-pick about every. little. thing. Like Walt Disney, God wants unity! Yet we all seem to enjoy tearing each other apart. Some things simply don’t matter (like what the sign says outside the church) and some things we simply won’t know the answers to until we get to heaven. So, why spend so much time on the things that aren’t relevant? We lose sight of what is important. It’s really no wonder that the non-Christian community looks at Christians and finds nothing attractive there. We’re to be reflecting Christ, but are we? I posted more of my thoughts on this matter in my post about Frozen.
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