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27 November 2008 @ 10:56 am
Thankful for the Internet  
I was philosophically boggling over the social power of the internet to connect people of diverse age, culture, sex, nationality, etc. this morning when this phrase popped into my head:

If we start here,
what is there to fear?

Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for engaging in friendships with diverse people on the Internet and in real life. The more diverse, the bigger the challenge, but I firmly believe we are, as a species, up to the task. There is always common ground, even if, as Jordn and I were discussing last night, it might be a simple love of LOLcats.

If you're willing to share, I'd love to hear about the most different-from-you or geographically distant friend you've been able to make or retain thanks to the Internet, or the friend you expected to be really different-from-you who you wound up having a lot in common with.

Thanks to the internet, I have a wealth of people I respect with whom I have differing opinions and beliefs. What an extraordinary tool.

I definitely have the internet to thank for my most diverse group of intelligent, polite, tolerant and kind-hearted friends: (1) gaming; the vision of Ragnarok (rag.com 2222) lives on in our friendships and loyalties to each other and (2) the vision of Goth Community (SeaGoth, Convergence, etc.) lives on in our friendships and loyalties to each other.

How cool is this.
 
 
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chronivorechronivore on November 27th, 2008 07:46 pm (UTC)
Kburgunder on November 27th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
quite possibly that is the cutest lolcat ever, even if it's by no means the funniest. dude. how do you get a kitten to *do* that? (i wonder what's under its paw)
VAXhacker: wizardvaxhacker on November 28th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
Where to even begin? I am so grateful for the community that grew up around our little game. The game itself is awesome, no question there, but the real treasures there are the friends I've come to know and still stay in touch with all these years later. People as far away as the UK and other parts of Europe. People who come from so many different religious, cultural, educational and ethnic backgrounds. And yet it doesn't seem like our differences come up all that much. We have enough common ground to enjoy those friendships. And does it matter that much if people have different backgrounds, or different beliefs, orientations, desires, lifestyles?

Just getting a (virtual) roomful of Catholics, Protestants, Pagans, Mormons, Evangelicals, Athiests, Agnostics, Discordians, and Followers of the Great Flying Spaghetti Monster together and find them laughing and enjoying each others company... that's something.
Kburgunder on November 28th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Amen!

And does it matter that much if people have different backgrounds, or different beliefs, orientations, desires, lifestyles?

Before those people are counted among our friends: yes.
After: not so much. :)