Comment: You raise a valid and necessary point

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You raise a valid and necessary point

And in such a way that you got upvotes, instead of downvotes, like Samuel_Washington, who basically said the same thing.

Sometimes I feel like the mindset of people here is: "Hey, here's a really negative news article - I think I'll post it on the Daily Paul!" It doesn't even have to be about the government, as the Knockout post shows.

Agreed - it is not fulfilling. Before we did have a mission: This website was born out of that mission. Back then I was excited about using the new tools of the internet to help spread "The Truth." Twitter, YouTube and Facebook were all new. They weren't around in 2004, when Dean was the hands down Internet political king (until he got dethroned by the same internet). Drupal, the technology this site is built on, was just starting to bloom.

In many ways the internet has been a disappointment. I guess the expectations were too high.

The positive side is that we realized that we're not alone. The disappointment of the campaign was that it devolved into "taking over the Republican Party," and getting spammed to death by C4L: "Send more money!" That's not what I signed up for.

The larger disappointment of the internet is that even though we can all talk to one another, is this the best we have to communicate? Has anything changed since Thoreau observed at Walden:

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end,… We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.

I think everyone here has gotten the communiqué. Our current government is evil and corrupt. Thoreau saw the same thing 150 years ago. He refused to pay his taxes in protest of war and slavery, and went to jail for it. A friend came to visit him and said, "What are you doing in there?" To which Thoreau replied, "What are you doing out there?"

The problems are the same. The solutions are the same as well. quiltingsando has the solution, in her comment below:

I know what you mean...but the only solutions I can think of is to buy local and support local farmers and small businesses.

To which I would add, and I'm sure QS knows and believes, is to live a moral life. That is the starting point. We can't hope to control and influence others if we can't control ourselves. And this echoes what you said as well: I'm going to make a committed effort to change my focus back to solutions. That will make a difference.

It will make a difference. Your ernest and positive efforts will make a difference to your life and your family, and if you share them with us, they will have a wider impact. There is really no telling how far the impact will go.

That is also the promise of the internet.

And more hopeful, positive posts will raise the vibration of the conversation and crowd out the negative crap. I do believe in those kinds of invisible energy dynamics. I've seen them in action.

Thank you BT.

You've already made a difference.


To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.