There’s a lot of hostility out there. A lot of outrage.
A few things that have passed my view screen lately, and caused me to pause and ponder. The times, they are a changin’ and with change comes a lot of feels for a lot of people.
All the feels. Sigh.
I wonder if the internet as we know it had existing during the 1960s, the last period of huge social upheaval, what the effect would have been? A lot of the current social climate makes me think of that era, or at least the mythology and story of that era as it’s been translated down to me. I wasn’t actually born back then.
I am not immune to outrage. I just can’t afford it. There’s a cost associated with succumbing to drama, online or offline. And let’s be honest? A lot of the hand-wringing and name calling and link-flinging is just drama, with no real intent to effect change.
I’m just trying to keep the drama on the page, and shine whatever borrowed light I can capture in real life, know what I mean?
No offense to people who genuinely view themselves as “citizen journalists” or who take a more activist approach. I’m not saying my attitude and approach is the right one, or the better one, it’s just the one I have the resources to pull off.
Being angry makes me tired. I can’t make art when I’m tired. Not with everything else I have to manage. For some people anger is fuel. I get that.
I’d rather glow than burn, myself.