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Existential Nuance

Thomas Whitley

Sam and I are resurrecting our podcast ThinkingBaptist, which is part of the Thinking.FM podcast network. I am very excited about this. I have missed podcasting and there is always so much fodder for a religious show like ours, not to mention that having a podcast allows us to bring in other voices, something that can only be done in a minor way on a blog such as this (having guest posts, etc.). Another part of this resurrection, though, is that we are streaming our shows live via mixlr. Needless to say, it is a bit more anxiety inducing when you know people are listening to you make mistakes, have technical difficulties, and everything else that goes along with recording a weekly podcast.

Besides all of that though, it adds, as I said to Sam, an interesting existential nuance to the show. We are putting ourselves out there for the world to see. We are trying to strip away some of the facade. We are making ourselves vulnerable.

There's something refreshing about being out and open like this. Now, if you know me personally, you know I am a rather private person and I don't think I'm violating any of that with this experience, but it is a unique experience that forces us to try to get things right the first time and when that doesn't happen, which is inevitable, to accept our mistakes, even celebrate our mistakes, and keep going.

I think it's an appropriate metaphor for life.

As Walt Whitman put it:

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.

I think the implication is all of myself. Let us do the same.