Talked to velvetacidgrrrl yesterday, for a while, which was cool. She may be moving back to the West Coast, whenever she gets the scratch up to do it. That'll be good for her, I think, she just wasn't made to be elsewhere. Also talked, just briefly to ravenlace, but it was late and I was headed to bed.
What the Hell is wrong with people? Why have we, as a society, seemed to have given up on the concept of respect? Everyone wants it, natch, but no one seems to want to earn it anymore. Respect is not something you DESERVE, it is something you EARN. Much as I love the 'Net, it has made this even worse. The anonymity of the 'Net has made it easier for those spiteful few who normally would be too frightened of the consequences to now be MORE likely to spout off their venom. Random insults, hateful derision, basic jackass ramblings. When you know no one knows who you REALLY are, and nop one can make you do anything about what you say, it's all too easy to slip into that trap. It's like Seattle all over again; people expecting respect without earning it, and then becoming contemptuous without that. Sometimes, I wish they would license the 'Net: a certain intellectual level, a certain level of understanding about the way things are. I realize the folly of this idea, both in theory and scope...the true problem lies in how we are taught and brought up.