It is so difficult to voluntarily take a dose of STFU. In general, my feeling is that if I don't like what I'm reading on a blog, I should stop reading the blog rather than repeatedly venting my dislike in the comment section. I'm not chained to my computer, eyelids pried open while someone else chooses my reading matter: if I don't like it, I should go away. But oh, sometimes it is so difficult.
There are so many hot issues (religion! politics! parenting!), so many things that make me feel like fighting. I can tell they make other people feel like fighting, too, because of all the comment sections that boil up and over the edge. What's amazing is that any of us get along at all.
I read awhile back that humans are naturally contentious--that if peace were handed to us on a platter, we wouldn't be able to accept it even if we wanted to. Our natural state is to live together in communities, and to fight constantly within that community and also with other communities. My experience with human nature backs this up so far.
This is discouraging. I think I'll take another dose.
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...