Is Humanity worth believing in?
It is a question that has left me without rest, and it is a question that has evolved my perceptive of the world and our species. I have asked myself this so frequently that there is no way of counting the pain or awe it brings me. Sometimes I can see it in others, this question of faith in something that history has proven again and again that we are not.
Yet to me the answer had manifested long ago, in the form of tears and words I could not understand. I found out his name later in life was Charlie Chaplin, and his speech in the Great Dictator ignited something within me which has continued burn to this day.
We have as many good quality’s to our nature as we do bad, we are complicated complex organisms that struggle to understand ourselves and as much as others, yet when I observe the world so many only seek to see the flaws and not the values.
However, I believe with unshakable conviction that that it is through our deeply flawed selves that we can become more. That the pain we inflict on each other and our world will teach us, will mend us, will give us hope in ourselves. It is evident in history, that the times when the world was most dark that our greatest accomplishments were achieved.
I have Faith in us, I have Faith in Humanity.
It is something I can confess without doubt, to others it seems like a burden, a blind belief to criticize and antagonize.
Yet….if it is a burden then I bear it Gladly.
A single person, a small act can kindle change in us all.
Sue Gardner is a Mary Sue.
She is intelligent, warm, passionate, Canadian(so proud of my nation and its citizens) and driven. I just wanted to include that.
None of these quality’s are bad, but I feel that she is being too absolute, too idealistic with her general consensus of information on her fellow “wikipedians”. They may enjoy the spread of knowledge but that does not mean they enjoy social interaction, or that they are a social butterfly. It could even be that all they want is recognition for their research ability’s to obtain a source of employment, after all Wikipedia would be the perfect site to be validated for your skill.
I do like her explanation of how Wiki is this “radical openness, radical freedom and radical convergence”. There it is common to put down the strange and almost unknown, people can put the facts for the whole of the world to see and read, something I feel is desperately necessary with our increasingly shadowed political atmosphere.
I believe Wikipedia is going to play a larger role then now in the future and I will watch with the rest of the world, witnessing what role it shall play.
I think the article puts a quirky humour into the stress of writing. Not that I follow the same path when I write but I can see how it is a comfortable pattern to fall back on to. That the fact what you write the first time can be horrible and you can laugh,because of that light heartlessness the stress isn’t so unbearable.
I believe that the article gives a good explanation of why blogging should be an invested past time with accurate details. However I also think that though the article gives plenty of good reasons why, the cons should also be included.
Otherwise if this is the only article a person read on the matter then they would not be prepared for the worse situation. Such as, and not excluding, triggering from negative comments, obsessive compulsion to continue posting as often as possible, and slowly withdrawing from social interaction outside of the blog or internet.
Yet at the same time I really enjoyed the ideas it brought to mind. It depends on the individual.
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