Maria Diaz, Editor-In-Chief
Over the past year and a half, The Equestrian has covered a wide variety of stories, from student profiles to controversial issues, all of them interesting. Yet the only thing more fascinating than an idea put forth for public scrutiny is, well, the public’s scrutiny. We are often reminded of how diverse the world actually is when we read the comments that stem from articles. So passionate and full of conviction are these comments that the word “comment” does not suffice. No, these are opinions, sentiments, beliefs.
With that being said, it is a little strange that so many people choose to be anonymous when commenting on our articles. Our best guess would be fear. Fear of judgment, disagreement, confrontation, being wrong. Perhaps looking foolish. All of which are understandable, especially in the high school setting. Anonymity serves as the comforting blanket, the shield that protects those feelings that risk getting hurt. In truth, there is some fear in me as we write this. What if we offend someone? What if there’s a huge hole in our argument? What if we poorly misrepresent The Equestrian by writing this? Suddenly, anonymity is tempting.
Yet a part of us is indignant. If you are willing to respond to an article, whether as insult or as praise, you ought to be willing to stand by it, too. Not the Anonymous You, the Masked You, but simply as You. Own your opinion, because if you are willing to separate yourself from it, perhaps you don’t truly believe in it after all.