Monday, May 25, 2009

Beyond Country Borders

Happy Memorial Day! Ah, the sights, sounds, and energy of a holiday! So what are your plans? Is there anything exciting going on in town? Are you doing anything special, like having a favorite dessert decked out in red, white, and blue?

Now think back, even if this isn’t a holiday in your part of the world. What do remembrances of soldiers fighting for you mean, and how do you acknowledge them? Who are your allies on the battlefield? Or does the thought that your country takes up arms against others tear at your heart, and seem too tragic?

In the age of technology, when people around the globe share their work with anyone willing to read it, we need to broaden our scope. We need to unify our purposes, even on country specific holidays, like Memorial Day. 

As an internet writer, you write for a universal audience. You have no way of knowing who you might be reaching with your words, or the impact you will have. It is time to lose any hint of prejudice, friend, writing to everyone as a unique person, chosen to read your words for a special purpose.