I love this question.
I don’t really remember exactly how I found and ended up on Tumblr. It was through Twitter. I followed a lot of the same people there but was frustrated by Twitter’s character limit. I was going through a pretty significant time in my life and loved the ability Tumblr provided to share in multiple ways. I could hide if I wanted, or reach out to others, which leads me to my favorite thing…
…the friends I’ve made here. I’ve met some fantastic people and learned some amazing things. I love the diversity, humor and sincerity of those I follow. I love that when people post something about being in trouble or need, people rally around them. I was fortunate enough to have experienced a bit of this and it’s amazing. Tumblr is full of passionate people, which is inspiring and refreshing. However, it also leads me to my least favorite thing…
…sometimes the passion morphs into something that hinders people’s ability to have compassion or empathy on here. Diversity makes the world go ‘round, or so the saying goes. The James Hollis quote I posted last week said it well, I believe.
Essentially, the more psychologically mature one is, the better one is able to tolerate other views and the ambiguities of life. When we feel psychological anxiety it’s usually a prelude to growth, but people tend to avoid it as an unpleasant experience, ultimately denying themselves the opportunity to grow. Instead they lash out at what is causing the anxiety, attempting to alleviate the discomfort by discrediting the issue &/or person causing it, either consciously or unconsciously.
I see that here sometimes. Anger, judgment, blame, name-calling…it’s more of a reflection on those making those statements than it is on those they’re criticizing. And to be clear, I’m talking about the extreme here, not the everyday “hey I just disagree with you” exchanges.
I love it here, still. In spite of it all, the good far outweighs the bad. And if you’re reading this, you’re one of the good things. So, thank you.