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When did we forget The Golden Rule? (to do unto others as you would have them do unto you, in case you are one who has forgotten). It’s a code of moral behavior that predates Christ (and Christianity for that matter). Through my extensive research (glancing at the above linked Wikipedia article) I’ve found evidence of some form of The Golden Rule in nearly every religion on every continent.
And my own mother used to say “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” a quote that I can’t seem to attribute to any one in particular after an exhaustive search, also known as a google query.
I understand that when a person puts their work out into the public arena they expect (hope, pray) that the public will respond. Critique and review can be a good thing. I regularly read the L.A. Times Books section, or the NY Times Book section. But the reviewers are never mean. They don’t call the writers names or throw sticks at them, but rather the judge the work.
When you blog, when you put your words out there on the internets, you open yourself up to criticism as well. I know the internet is public. But for most bloggers I know their audience is at best an extended circle of friends and family. These are not the people that will call you a nasty name or tell you to quit whining (if they are, it’s time for new friends).
And if you post your blog in a more public arena, clearly you are inviting more response….
All this makes me wonder about the people that opt to say mean things, or worse take a disagreement, a difference of opinion, of taste, to a personal level, calling someone a whiner, or worse (trust me, I’ve been called worse both in person and online). How is name calling contributing at all? Is it so hard to just move on?
As far as I’m concerned, if you think you can do better, then go ahead and do it. Do better. We could use more awesomeness in this world. Write your own article, set up your own blog, participate on Salon or HuffPo, or whatever. Publish a novel, produce a t.v. show…
Wouldn’t there be much more satisfaction in experiencing your own success than in bringing others down?
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