What If We Knew?

What if we could KNOW without a doubt (or without a serious doubt) where our neighbors stood on an issue?

What if we could be sure that if something were to happen to you or your family, you could be reasonably sure that your close friends and neighbors would do the right thing? Wouldn’t that be a good thing?

So here’s The Idea: Produce a mechanism by which people can get an immediate idea of how many people in their state (maybe county? eventually?) are on the same page ideaologically, philosophically, morally, spiritually, on the larger issues of the day.

Conservatives only? Maybe. After all, I don’t care to waste my time finding out how many people are against the things I believe in. I want to know what people are FOR — where they stand. I want to know if they will stand with me or against me. In other words: If they see someone robbing my house, are they going to call the police, try to stop them, do something? Or are they going to just mind their own business?

On a related tangent: What do you bet the neighbor who called the cops to Professor Gates’ house doesn’t try THAT stunt again?

What would YOU do for your family, your neighbor, or a stranger? Would it be the same thing no matter who it is? (Thus showing the depth of character of someone who stands on principle rather than the sandy foundation of moral relativism.)

I know… tough questions. And I know that there are very few people who can be as perfect as they want to be. The good news is, I’m not expecting perfection. No one should. I only want some reassurance. I would like to know the truth of what I expect to be true, which is: I believe there are tens of millions of people who are willing to stand up and say, “Yes, I believe in this-and-such idea, and I will stand up for that idea, and I will ACT on that idea if necessary.”

Black and white, no gray. I think we need more of that these days, yes?

So, how is this going to work? I have been stewing on it for several months now. I know how it’s supposed to work, much of what this ‘mechanism’ will look like, and a tinge of how potentially viral this could turn out to be.

Now the big but: I need some help and advice. Any takers? Write Iwillstand@iwillstand.us or leave a comment.

Good karma only.

“So… where do we stand?”

It’s the ultimate question, really.

Girlfriends ask boyfriends; business partners ask each other; we all end up at least once in our lifetime, asking this question of the person staring into our clogged toilets. “So… where do we stand?”

For months now, I have asked this question of myself, and of others. No matter what the problem. No matter how trivial it seems, I’ve found myself boiling down the essence of how we should go through life — how do I handle a situation — what if this-and-such happened? What would I DO?

And the answer always boils down to: “Decide where you stand, then stand there.” Don’t worry about the consequences before hand. Stand on principle, and the situation will sort it out eventually… for the good.

I have been pestered (some would say plagued) with an idea for several months now. Unsure how to go about making this idea or vision come to pass, I have resorted to starting a blog. I can only go from here in prayer, believing that what comes of this, is something that will accomplish the two things that matter with this project:

1) Glorify God. (I only offer a minimal apology to the faith-challenged. After all, if I didn’t stand up for what I believe, including my belief in God, this project would be missing the point. Right?)

2) Help to illustrate to you, my readers and fellow Americans, that there are more people, close to you, who are willing to stand up for what they believe, which happens to be the same things you believe. How this gets accomplished, will be explained as I figure it out for myself.