In my last post, I did a bad thing. I projected my own fears and anger onto others, and did precisely what I was accusing nameless, faceless others of doing: stereotyping and dehumanizing.
Some people built a shockingly unimaginative house on a shockingly large amount of land behind me. That, and the security shield, is all I know about them. From there, I concluded they were Out To Destroy My Way of Life and Ruin SL Forever!!1!
Which? Was exactly what I accused them of thinking about me.
I was being part of the problem of bigotry and intolerance, and not part of the solution. I don't like my tendency to overgeneralize and to shoot first, and I'm not proud of what that says about me. My beloved
I wish I could just say I overreacted and was in the wrong, and leave it at that.
But, the thing is, everything else I discussed in that post - the griefing, the militant hatred of imagination, the bigotry - it's rampant out there, and we do need to fight back against it.
Take a look at London Spengler's post today in Pandora's Box: amazing, huh, that post she cites? I'm just going to leave that there: I'm just so stunned, so depressed by the bigotry. I'm not afraid for SL - my parts of the world and that woman's would never touch, voice or no voice. But, it's pretty awful to see.
Still, no excuse for my contributing to the hate, and I apologize to all of you -