Sunday, January 18, 2009

Blogging in support of the Liberal Party: Why bother…

The L Party is my contribution, one that hopefully forms part of the sum and substance of all World Wide Web content that spreads the same message …

While displaying a decipherable sum of sincerity and empathy, a friend recently enquired as to why I bother with blogging. What he was really questioning was the degree to which one could effect change or have any meaning through a one in a 150 million blog or in my case, two blogs. Referring to my efforts to champion the cause of America at American Interests, and stimulating positive discourse vis-à-vis the Liberal Party of Australia, it was suggested that, “in reality” it remains beyond the reach and influence of mere individuals sitting at their desks at home or in the office. The ensuing discussion brought to mind a couple of old parables.

A shoe factory sends two marketing scouts to a region of Africa to study the prospects of expanding business. One sends back a telegram saying, situation hopeless stop no one wears shoes. The other writes back triumphantly, glorious business opportunity stop they have no shoes.
I hazard to guess that I would NOT be the marketing expert to view the circumstances, what is, as evidence that points to hopelessness.

… a man catches sight of a young women who appears to be engaged in a ritual dance. She stoops down, then straightens to her full height, casting her arm out in an arc. Drawing closer, he sees that the beach around her is litered with starfish, and she is throwing them one by one into the sea. He lightly mocks her: “There are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see, for miles up the beach. What a difference can saving a few of them possibly make?” Smiling, she bends down and once more tosses a starfish out over the water, saying serenely, “It certainly makes a difference to this one.
The L Party Blog may be a small one-man show, but as its faithful author I rather see it as a pointer to abundance and possibility; a way of making a difference, albeit a small one. Approaching the task with my own, very individual perspective that focuses on potential, a way to make a difference and not what stands in the way. The man in the second parable sees only the obstacles, the countless starfish (number of other bloggers), efforts futile, and lack of resources, too difficult, not enough time …

The L Party is my contribution, one that hopefully forms part of the sum and substance of all World Wide Web content that spreads the same message. To this end, I know I am not alone and yet, even if I were that one in a zillion, I would remain undeterred, perhaps even more inspired. Here is another gem to consider.
Four young men sit by the bedside of their dying father. The old man, with his last breath, tells them there is a huge treasure buried in the family fields. The sons crowd around him crying, "Where, where?" but it is too late. The day after the funeral and for many days to come, the young men go out with their picks and shovels and turn the soil, digging deeply into the ground from one end of each field to the other. They find nothing and, bitterly disappointed, abandon the search. The next season the farm had its best harvest ever.
I say to fellow bloggers and especially those with similar goals; it is what we do together as individuals with "picks and shovels" that ultimately makes the difference. The L Party blog is not an arena of and for success alone, more accurately and in the first instance, it is a place of contribution. Can anyone guess the book from which the parables were lifted? Finally, to those reading this, why not consider subscribing to the feed, add this site to your blogroll, or perhaps adding this blog to your Technorati favorites, or otherwise simply say, Hi.

See also: Lisa Molinaro interviews Otto Maraasco about the L Party

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