Views Are My Own

Since I started using Twitter roughly a year ago, there’s been one thing really wondering me. In many profiles, you see a few lines explaining who the person is, what the person does – and then claiming that views are his/her own.

Why wouldn’t they be? Whose views should they be posting? When I visit someone’s profile and it clearly shows it’s a personal account, versus a private company’s or organization’s, I tend to take it as obvious that the views are the person’s own.

If you are reading my tweets, blog posts or LinkedIn updates, whose views are you expecting to get? When I’m acting on the name of the company employing me, I’m making it clear in the communication. If I want to share what my mom is thinking or what my best friend is doing, I’d make it clear in the context.

Aren’t we being over cautious with protecting ourselves? Or has the world become such a random place that we really need to try and prevent any linkages potentially open for misunderstandings? And would stating the obvious, that the views are our own, really be of help?

Our actions have consequences. We need to claim responsibility for them. Whatever you post online, you better make sure you can stand behind the view or be ready to humbly apologize if proven wrong. You take action, you bear the consequences.

Maybe the world truly has become such a random place that we need to highlight the obvious. Perhaps there’s a growing tendency and eagerness to find misunderstandings and controversy where there’s none. I had such a moment yesterday on a bus when looking at the sign “Break the window with the hammer”. I started getting this sudden naughty feeling of taking the hammer and trying it against the window. That’s what the sign clearly told me to do.

It seems people have become inclined to look for misunderstandings, rather than for positive connotations. I wish the “picking a fight” attitude won’t win the battle over kindness and understanding.

I let the common, good sense, win and didn’t touch the hammer. And I hope anyone reading my postings won’t hold them against my employer, family, friends, yoga teachers, strangers on the streets etc. I claim the full ownership for my own thoughts and views.


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Outi Annala

A sustainability-enthusiast with a master's degree in social sciences and experienced working for public and private sectors and for an international Non-profit organization. Writing about life and all that matters in living a life to the fullest. Passionate about engaging the private sector to the development work, promoting partnerships between companies and non-profit organizations and initiating discussion and debates. Excited about life and living it to the fullest.

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