I cannot speak to why others are not posting, only for myself. People are being torn apart and pitted one against another. The damage to us is incalculable and leaves us open to be led where we do not wish to go. The only answer to moving forward to a positive future lies in unity. We don’t have to agree…we just need to be respectful to one another. I am neither pro- nor anti- Trump. I am pro-freedom and peace among people and nations…and am awaiting the day when focus can return to the care of our planet and nature that supports us.
There was a time, years ago, shortly after becoming a member at PA that I put on my big girl panties and would jump into the fray gladly, arguing my point of view with a whole pile of research, facts and figures to support whatever I felt strongly about at the time. I was right and would challenge anyone who did not agree. I was aggressive and argumentative…and if that didn’t work, I would ridicule those who would disagree. That was until I realized it was just mental masterbation and a way of building up my ego. It’s easy to fall into that trap on a forum when that’s what you see happening all around you. Thank goodness that phase didn’t last very long.
So I decided to stop posting for a while and read everything, even subjects I had no apparent interest in. I found posts that made me think, and so much more…and my perspective changed. In those threads I could post an opinion and not be attacked, but rather have an enlightening dialogue with others whether they agreed or not. It wasn’t about winning or losing an argument…it was about a sharing of ideas.
In the current political environment, it is difficult, if not almost impossible, to have a respectful conversation on any forum. The cognitive dissonance on both sides prevents it and is very concerning to me.
When things return to civility, (and they will…this too shall pass) I will be more than happy to participate.
And to bring this on topic, who needs ‘heroes’? All the answers we need are within us.