Thankful For the Internet

In contrast to my blog post this morning (by USA east coast time), there is plenty about the Internet to be thankful for, despite Big Brother’s watchful eye and the arcane racketeering on the Internet.

Via the Internet, I have made friends with people I never would have met otherwise. And I have remained friends with people who were once neighbors, classmates and coworkers who moved away … one as far away as Australia. Because of the Internet, I have been able to share with him and all my friends and family who use the Internet my artwork and writing, family photos, and all sorts of news in emails that I never would have written in letters and sent by regular mail. The Internet is a fast and convenient way to stay in touch with people, a marvel that many people my age and older still don’t take advantage of.

So, despite my grumblings about things that are wrong with the Internet, I am thankful to have it in my life. But it does have its moments when I turn it off to get away from the ridiculous. Insipid comments full of spite from people who disagree with someone else’s opinion are a big turnoff. Name-calling is another. Has humanity sunk so low that many of us have tossed respect for others out the window? There should be a 30-minute filter before someone’s angry assault on another person is posted … and only after the poster is asked “Are you sure you wish to post this?” If anyone is still that angry after 30 minutes, perhaps he or she should seek psychiatric counseling. After all, whether provoked or not, no one needs to libel, slander, and/or defame other people over a disagreement of opinion. Be respectful. Don’t turn the Internet into “Us vs Them.” Too many wars have started that way.

As I say in my Gravatar profile, “I marvel over life’s mysteries.” But poor conduct is one I don’t marvel or put up with.

Until my next post, Peace and Love … and thanks for being a friend.

4 thoughts on “Thankful For the Internet

    1. Steve Campbell

      So very true. I see unkindness and disrespect among customers where I work at, and it can harden the soul after witnessing it for many years. But I surround myself with good people who soften the edges and remind me that kindness and respect to others are the paths to happiness.

  1. Yes, the internet is certainly a double-edged sword. I’ve had many a “knock-down-drag-out” with my own sister via the internet, all mostly resulting from misunderstandings due to the lack of properly conveying the tone in which something was intended. Hence the excessive use of emoticons when she and I speak online now. “Hi 🙂 Sister! 🙂 How 😉 are 🙂 you 🙂 today? 🙂 “

    1. Steve Campbell

      Good ole emoticons! 🙂 😀 😛 I learned their importance several years ago, Amy, when I offended someone with a comment at Facebook. I never try to offend anyone with my comments. But like with you and your sister, the tone of what I wrote didn’t come through. Now I use smiley faces all the time 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 to let people know I come in peace, with love and good intention in my heart.

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