Today I had a conversation about the forum that made me reflect upon my own behaviour as well as ‘our’ behaviour as a group.
I came to the conclusion that I think we could improve in the department of openness and tolerance towards contrary ideas. It’s easy to dismiss a lot of things as ranting and stuff, but sometimes actually trying to talk to the dudes might lead to a more productive outcome. Also sometimes the tone of a post betrays its content or intention.
I’m not calling out anyone and I absolutely include myself in this and I’m also not saying that any specific person should change any specific thing. It’s just that I’m thankful for having been given the opportunity to reflect upon myself and I’ve concluded that I’d like to try to be a bit more open. This thread’s intention is to give that same reflection impulse to others.
If any given person uses this to reflect and concludes that they don’t wanna change anything, it’s all good of course. Everyone needs to do what they think is right. In the end we all shape the climate in our community.
I wanna close with the words of two wise people that managed to express what I wanted to express here, but much better and much shorter:
“Be the change you wanna see in the world.”
“Appreciate the others. Even if they fail to appreciate you.”