I'm writing this here because I feel I need to comment on the recent rabble-raising that's been going on as a result of a highly irked member who's gone on a blintz of anger that is (I'm sure) very unbecoming of his true nature. I'm writing not mainly to address him although I may throughout this writing. I am writing because he is hardly the first person like this that I have encountered. I have several points to make about the entire discussion but have opted to keep away from commenting on the pieces so as not to be dragged into the chaos. Lord knows I already have enough of that without the help of heady writers! =D
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There is a concept that is very old and stubborn. It's called the social contract and it states that anyone who choses to be a part of a society agrees to follow the rules of that society by benefiting from it. In the case of this community, that would mean that if you chose to remain here you are agreeing to contribute to the community and follow the rules. If a members of society feels that a rule is unjust they naturally have two recourses, 1) protest the rules to the governing bodies and ask that they be reconsidered; 2) leave the community. As you can see, in this context there is no excuse for disobeying the laws. In the case of civil disobeidence, it is nessescary that the enacter accepts the consequences of his or her defience. So, those of us who enter a community and believe we can benefit fromit before we contribute are very poorly mistaken and are in fundemental violation of our social contact.
Anger is a common response to fear. People don't like to believe that they are vulnerable or fearful of anything so they disguise there worries under many masks. Often times, people expose themselves in the form of art, political action, debate, or speaking and it is a frightening thing to do for them. If they feel that they are rejected, anger or sadness is a result and in the case of anger, retaliation is nearly inevitable. I, for example, felt like I was rejected by those who were of the "popular crouwd". They listened to the Backstreet Boys and N'Sync and had everything they could ever want. I was never as well dressed or able to do the things they did (mostly because of my family's financial troubles), so I felt rejected. I retaliated through insults and intellectual reasoning to prove I was indeed superior to them. In the moment, it felt right but in retrospect I realize that though I had some valid points, they were ruined by my fiery vengence. I wasn't able to make a difference in my community because I acted on emotion and not logic. This is similar to what happens with people who feel rejected on a website or messageboard. And it is in fact, more common because of the anonymous nature of the Internet.
Unfortunately, I have lost sight of my original ideas behind this writing. I think that there are many unfortunate circumstances that lead people to react poorly in a situation they do not like. This defensive manuver I believe is at least partially responsible for a lot of the failings in human culture. It is hard to achieve anything if you wont let go of anything and it is hard to let go of anything if you're scared to take a risk. We need to move as individuals towards a more holistic approach to our lives. If we stumble, but work to recover from the fall and better our society we are great achievers. We ought to focus on this rather than the fall we took and a desperate need to save face.
But who knows? I am after all just an out of work writer. =P Take care everyone.
"God grant me distraction."