In the last couple of days I've received quite a few short bursts of... not sure how to define them, unkindness? You read my thinking and you know it takes an extraordinary act to get me to take definite sides in a conversation. Instead, I prefer to look at issues from different angles and present them for thoughtful dialogue. Sure, I have opinions and experiences, but I rarely hold them as universals, recognizing that I see them from the inside out.
Things are very rarely black and white. They come with the full technicolor of life and humanness.
It seems (see? the moderate me) that the close proximity of the many thoughts in restricted spaces like Twitter, for example, is increasing not just the noise, but also the intolerance to each other's ideas. And rather than taking matters off line, where true discourse can take place, many resort to scathing one-liners. As if the constraints of the space were justification for the lack of regard in the statements.
Channel passion into compassion.
Hurling ideas as if they were pronouncements is not going to make them a reality. Believing in something is admirable and we all have the power to make that belief come true. We're a work in progress, all of us. I refuse to play the finite game.
Thank you for inspiring:
Marian Salzman, Mitch Joel, Craig Newmark, Kathy Sierra, Gavin Heaton, Sonia Simone, Hugh MacLeod, Mark Earls, Olivier Blanchard, Christina Kerley, Eve Ensler, Chris Guillebeau, Avinash Kaushik, Seth Godin, Francois Gossieaux, Clay Shirky, Amber Naslund, Adrian Ho, Taylor Davidson.