Brain Space8:00 AM
|View from the porch where I like to think|
It's like Facebook knows I cannot emotionally handle internet drama.
Then I received a comment the other day that misunderstood me and my writing and said some other things that generally offended me. I almost published it and responded to it, then got smart for once and just deleted it.
I have so little of it. You know, we weren't created for an internet world. We were created for communities, for a circle of people we can bump in to at Walmart, up the hill, or in the living room. We originally heard only the drama in our own communities or discussed faraway scandals with only our friends and acquaintances. The wide world didn't fall into our laps via laptop.
I'm grateful to participate in big discussions that electrify the nation. I'm grateful for online communities and easier access to people and ideas that make my life so much better. I don't want to go back to a world without internet (especially not when researching a paper!).
I am learning to back away from the internet when it overwhelms me. Facebook friends may say nasty things with which I disagree, but I cannot change their minds after presenting my point of view. I don't even know them in person. The whole world seems prejudiced against certain groups of people, but I do not belong to the whole world. I belong in my little corner of Michigan with a little circle of friends. Unless I'm planning to crusade against the whole world, I need to give more of my attention to my own heart and my own corner of the universe.
If I'm upset with the internet reaction to certain events and am unable to do anything to change those events, I've lost brain space to the things I can affect. Even though I'm sauntering through summer with lots of time to think, I don't ever want to have time for stupid internet debates or snarky blog comments or frustrated internet relations with faraway people who disagree with me.
I need the freedom to delete those files, clear up some brain space, and think about things that actually matter to my own moral and intellectual development and my limited sphere of influence. This means scrolling past that Facebook post with a bajillion comments. This means not publishing certain comments or blocking people altogether who do not contribute to productive online discussion. This means abandoning the internet for long periods of time to read, talk, and live with flesh-and-people.
It's healthier. It's more human. And it's giving me more brain space to write great blog posts for all you readers! :)
How do you deal with internet drama either on your personal blog or elsewhere?