Last night when I put up that “Let’s Introduce Ourselves” essay, I stated my genuine motivation for doing it right up front: I didn’t want myself or anyone else here to feel like an “outsider.”
Then, when my brain started winding down and I went to bed, some things came together for me that I’d like to share with all of you. It has to do with a quote I included in my last diary here from a book titled The Culture of Make Believe by Derrick Jensen where he is having a conversation with a friend about the similarities between corporations and hate groups:
He said, “They’re cousins.”
I just listened.
“Nobody talks about this,” he said, “but they’re branches from the same tree, different forms of the same cultural imperative…”
“To rob the world of its subjectivity.”
“Wait – ” I said.
“Or to put this another way,” he continued, ” to turn everyone and everything into objects.”
I think one of the things that is most seriously wrong with our culture today is the march towards objectifying everyone and everything. Those of us in the so-called “blogosphere” are extremely vulnerable in our conversations to becoming ojectified into nothing more than our screen name. The medium encourages that. And its when the human being on the other side of the ethernet becomes nothing more than a screen name that some pretty ugly things happen.
But when there are lives and people on the other side of that screen name, the equation is changed. I might someday disagree vehemently with snud (I certainly hope so anyway). But that picture of himself and the story he told last night will forever be in my mind when I do so. Hope you don’t mind me picking you out of that line-up snud – but you made me laugh, cry and wonder in amazement with just one picture and a few words.
So thanks to everyone who participated in introducing themselves over the last 24 hours. Hopefully we reduced the objectification quotient around here a bit in the process.
And if you wanted to introduce yourself in the other diary, but didn’t, feel free to do so here. Go ahead you lurkers…we’d love to hear from you.