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"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Thu Feb 26th, 2009 at 06:32:29 PM EST
European Tribune - Odds & Ends: ET as Dostoyevsky Novel Edition
Be kind, and write.

yes...

great diary!

after blogging now for 6 years, (damn, has it really been that long?), i have learned, finally, to make a great distinction.

Comments clash, not people

comments fly out of the opinions posters hold at that moment in time, and as such are purely ephemeral, while people are real, yet we can't know more than tantalising hints of who the real person behind the posts is.

for (most of) those sticking around at ET, there is a sanding down of the spikiness in commenting style, a style that comes in bristling or mouthy (might be a holdover of adequate strategy for getting ahead in meatworld), but here it jars the equilibrium people attain through calmly, candidly and politely challenging each other to grow and optimise communication. it's a splendid school!

it's all too easy for a cherished opinion to give a post a whiff of attitude, and with the world in the state it's in, i dare say many of us are holding dry tinder, needing only a spark to conflagrate.

comments clash, that can be healthy, if civility is retained. thanks for all those who set a good example to me, of how to plug into ET for what's wonderful about it, avoiding all friction.

there are some real peace artists here at the waterhole, i admire that enormously, seeing ever more strife is such a waste of precious time and energy.  

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Feb 26th, 2009 at 08:05:36 PM EST
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