I spend a good amount of time hanging around online communities. Whether its my own blog, or changeeverything, or various facebook forums, business and technology communities - I put up a fair bit of content on a weekly basis.
I have opinions on many different subjects, and something I enjoy doing is debating, and bringing unusual perspectives to bear on problems; however, I know that I can be somewhat cutting, and occasionally condescending in trying to make my point. I'm sure many of us can think of examples where we wished we'd been a little more tactful, or polite, when writing our thoughts down for others to see in electronic format. I certainly can attest to that - being somewhat of a contrarian, and enjoying the art of conversation.
To this respect - I'd like to become more nuanced, inclusive, and respectful to othes when engaging in online dialogue - especially when in disagreement with other's perspectives.
I was born into a society where we are conditioned to want more and constantly strive to "upgrade" to the next step, financial or otherwise. I don't really need half the things I use, whether it be the clothes I wear or the food I eat. I would like to spend more time connecting with the people around me and experiencing the world and less time consuming material things.
Everywhere I go people are in a hurry, stressed, busy and placing unreasonable expectations on others. It seems to me, I need to slow down. I'm just as guilty as these crazy people that come into our lives and expect - not to wait, get exactly what they want, get the best deal, do as little as possible, have someone else do it for you, etc......
I have been in the line up Tim's and two individuals cut into the line up of 20 others who were patiently waiting their turn. Their excuse for rudeness...They were in a hurry. Big deal. What is wrong with people. What makes them better than the other 20 people in line. This is happening everywhere you go. Why is everyone in such a hurry? Has society created this?