Well, well, well.
Apparently, my last blog post did not go over so well with what some would call “my base,” my core audience. (You know, it never dawned on me that I should size up my crowd and take notice of how many of a certain demographic followed my blog, my writing, my knitting. I just figured all sorts of people do).
I lost a lot of followers because of my last post. Some people thought I was being hard on conservatives (which, is true, so they checked out), and being a little more placating to liberals. And then someone said they didn’t come to my blog for politics (girl, where have you been? So the “only knitting” crowd took off, too).
Listen, I won’t apologize for my remarks. At this stage in my life I’ve had my fair share in experiences related to crap and I have no problem calling on that wisdom. I will reiterate. I have no interests in people that chose to exclude.
Oddly enough, I didn’t think I was being that aggressive, nor oppressive in challenging people with differences to finally come BACK to the spot where they were all once friends….back here. To knitting.
I thought I had reached the paramount in any message I could ever tap across these keys: invite the opposing side to your space, tend to them as you would any guest, say nothing and just listen while working away a knit along. Be good to each other, don’t push ANYONE aside.
And in my last post, I challenged “my base,” my core audience, to do the same. Because that concept of inclusion shouldn’t just rest in the knitting or political community. It should be in everything you do.
Despite what everyone tells you, despite the common divides that run rampant in EVERYTHING we do or experience now, knitting could be the one true and pure space where that can change, where you don’t see political, racial, social, or economic differences.
…but, of course we’ll never get there as long as we keep seeing only the political, racial, social and economic differences between us…..
That peaceful attachment to knitting that we all have should be reflected in everything that we combat in our daily lives. Heaven knows everything around us is in combat mode. And hell knows that social media is simply a cute term for “battlefield.”
So, I can’t find fault in asking my fellow conservative knitters to rethink groups that attract a certain anger and vitriol in someone. It is a bit like inviting someone to your church, because “we think your hatred towards other people is exactly what we’re about!”
I was calling out conservatives who were being booted from knitting groups, starting their own groups, and then pulling the same exclusionary ideas….and being a little nasty about it, being a little hypocritical about it.
And I really do not want to be a part of that. Even more so, I don’t want to even give the impression that I would ever be interested in that.
If anything, I hope I give the impression that I genuinely do care about this craft and the people in it. And the people in this craft are genuinely very good people. I’ve seen it over and over again, ten years now, over and over. Knitters are truly good people.
So, I get a little passionate when they turn on each other….
You know what? It’s Sunday, I say we take a good 30 seconds and pray for the person we are told to hate the most. Then take another 30 seconds and pray that we will never ever be put in that situation again….
Because if we are to pray for people, then praying for those we are told to hate isn’t something we should be doing on a regular basis. We’re not supposed to be hating to begin with….
Do that quick one minute prayer while you’re knitting.
You’ll get where I’m coming from….
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