If you care about the online conversation of giving, please read and reflect upon this post by Pam Ashlund, Goodbye and Goodnight.
I’ve had a moment of clarity…got to watch out for those. Here’s the insight: I’m a satirist at heart. I’m not cut out for writing the dry stuff. Whenever I write something from the heart I feel my work reputation disintegrating before my eyes.
On my other blog, I write whatever I’m musing about. On both, I don’t write under a pseudonym. In other words, I put myself out there. On that other blog, last week, I received a number of threatening comments. The anonymous (of course) commenter pointed out that I was pretty stupid to make it so easy to identify myself and (the scary part) where I live. Needless to say I took the pictures of the front of my building down that night. But I realized that I worked hard to create a very specific web identity and that maybe that wasn’t such a good idea…At least not under my own name.
What kind of field dedicated to public good exacts from its thought leaders an adherence to the high emptiness of the polite, ingratiating style? What are we all so afraid of doing to one another, or having done unto us, in the name of - please tell me - what? Of course careers suffer when someone is too smart or knows too much or says too much that is truthful, but in philanthropy of all fields? I thought that in giving Fools in high places embraced Fools as peers and colleagues. I see it all the time: Fools Praising Folly in all the best giving blogs. Am I wrong about that? The Fools value only the Wise with supple knee? Or, are we all Wise? Or, am I the only Fool? Well, Pam, I too stand corrected. Best to speak truth, if at all, from behind a mask.