My online presence has always been careful. But ‘careful’ is starting to feel a lot like ‘passive’ in a time when passivity is a conscious and potentially harmful choice, and that’s not the stance I want to take.
I have always had strong opinions about life, about the world. I have always had a place to express myself inside my own home, and I’ve done my best to support my friends and people I know. And I thought that was enough.
Online community, work, and education, have been rapidly growing industries, and a world where that is the norm seems like a reasonable prediction of the future. In light of recent crisis, as schools and workplaces around the world are being closed and people are being encouraged or told to work and learn from home, this notion has suddenly become a reality, much quicker than any of us anticipated.
After tragedy comes the time to rebuild. This is a necessity, but it is also an opportunity, because when there is nothing left but ash, a phoenix rises. I think it’s time to discuss the phoenix.
If you haven’t read Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet, I should warn you that this post includes spoilers. However, I should only be spoiling the first couple of chapters of the first book, and it is a truly marvelous series which I highly recommend.
Spoiler Alert starts now.
"I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me."
~ Lizzie Bennet, Pride and Prejudice