Sometimes, the best thing you can do

is simply keep your mouth shut.

I’m in an odd situation, where I’m a webmaster, but there are dual websites. The older website, which began it, is under the direct control of the former webmaster, who is the only one that can update it. I make appropriate updates, upload them to the website under my control, then send copies of the relevant files to him so he can do updates for the older one. (This is a transition period, in case you hadn’t realized.)

So what does he do? He changes my pages. The changes he makes? Not really errors, most of the time. And no longer his business to change.

But, do I say anything? NO! I am quiet and respectful. Eventually this will change. And it’s not worth it for me to object. There are political reasons not to say anything, aside from the simple courtesy of kindness and respect. Plus I have a feeling that he really doesn’t want to let control go, even though he himself suggested bringing in another webmaster in order to take a load off of himself.

But I have to wonder — does he realize how beyond irritating he is? He makes my work more difficult. And this…

Okay, I have to stop before I rant too much. Think about something else.

It’s amazing what triggers my thoughts

This morning I was working away on a book, based on the pictorial exhibition of the life of a political activist who believed in Communism.

The thought that followed was not a new one: any political system like communism, that are based on utopian socialistic ideals, is bound to fail in the real world.

Why? Because people are people, and far too many of them lie, cheat, and steal. Any political system that depends on people always doing what’s right, what’s best for all, etc. simply will not work.

Of course, that led me to the question: am I a cynic?

The answer is: yes and no. I am a cynic about groups of people, and optimistic about individuals.

Of course, within the next day or so, I read a blog comment that talked about assumptions about socialism. And it made a valid point — do I really know what I’m talking about?

The answer is, not really.

Too many people here in America don’t know enough about political theory and ideas to make truly informed judgments. Even the people in charge don’t know that much either.

But I’m not one who can rest easy with a lack of knowledge. I promptly checked out a book from the library on the history of socialism. Maybe I can figure out what it really means. And maybe I can figure out what I think government is really for. (I may be more of a Libertarian than I think.)