Wondering what the difference in the level of discussion between Ello and Facebook might be, so I'll toss out something I've been thinking about a lot lately, say in the past two or three years. It's a very broad thought, the kind of thing people could bring almost anything in their head to and bend the discussion to being about them, so I haven't posted anything about it over yonder.
I've been thinking about the idea of kindness, that there's not enough basic kindness in the world, and that the only way that thought applies to the greater world is trying to practice it myself. There is no really effective way to promulgate this in terms of nations and systems, which often makes it seem fruitless; there is no way to export kindness en masse. And that's partly because it's a fluid concept to begin with.
But it can work in every day exchanges and maybe uplift a tiny corner of the world, the part that you, personally, see every day on a regular basis.
Then I think about hate as a motivator, and wonder if that's always a bad thing. Are there not things worthy of hate? Are there not terrorists and empty-headed, arrogant politicians and things like cancer and homelessness? Does anyone pursue justice without anger, and thus a bit of hate? At least a little bit.
The best thing I could think of to put it in perspective is that hate is like doughnuts. You know if you indulge all the time, it will kill you and likely make things unpleasant for those around you. On the other had, it often seems like the only rational way to greet the day you've been given.
I know I have given no concrete examples here, and they are tough to present, because the thought is so impossibly broad. But how do we expect any effort we make to be kind, to reserve judgement, to try to understand hate, to stop ISIS from beheading a journalist, or to stop child abuse in the Catholic Church, or to keep Putin out of the Ukraine.
It can only have a cumulative effect. Can we afford to care that to be kind is to play the long game against a short, deadly con? Or can we even agree on what kindness is.
I try to avoid public navel gazing like this, but I'm wondering if people here would engage in a discussion about stuff like this in a more thoughtful way than in other places.