[This is a comment left on yesterdays post about my friend Rich]

And herein lies the beauty and the tragedy of the internet.
Beauty…
We get to create a space where we allow people to read our thoughts and then reply to them.
In 1949 this would normally only be able to happen at a town hall meeting with a megphone on both ends.
The beauty of the internet is that we get to share and create a conversation without having to gather in a town hall.
We get to actively engage in discussion that creates deep thought and allows us to become aware of people who agree and disagree with us on a daily basis.
If you read the comment stream from yesterdays post…
Notice the ones who disagreed with me and have a face vs. those that have no face.
It’s a whole different ballgame.

Tragedy…
We get to respond to one another without the uber important boundary of self awareness.
The beauty of 1949 is that there was no room for the cowardice of anonymity at a town hall meeting.
I’m fairly certain that had “Hello World” seen me at Starbucks yesterday…”Hello World” would not have walked up to me and said…”Hey man. I’m Hello World. Quit Ass Licking Stearns Carlos.”
Call me ignorant… But I’m fairly certain that’s not how the conversation would have gone down.
Take heed… I normally would NEVER respond to an anonymous troll…
Much less highlight their comment in a blog post…
But I think it’s important to see what is happening here.
The lack of face to face self awareness creates a false sense of security that isn’t reality.
It makes your opinions bigger than they actually are.
Had “Hello World” replied with a link to their profile, blog, or twitter name…
He or she would not be banished into the 58 year old out of shape adult sitting in his or her parents basement trolling the internet while eating bon bons in their underwear category.
That’s what happens. That’s what people see you as. ¬†Or at least I do.
All you have to do is leave that comment without being anonymous and you go from basement dude, to an actual human being who severely disagrees with me.
But when you leave an anonymous comment and start it with the sentence they started it with…even your valid points get disregarded by most.

So as we post…
As we comment…
As we call out…
As we judge…
As we love…
Let’s do it without the masks…
It’s better that way.
Los