@sherif @pratik @bkryer @patrickrhone @cygnoir Thanks all for the responses. Each of your replies means a lot. I’ve felt it’s hard to write or talk about social politics, morality and justice when those points you’d make are deeply essential for you. You risk putting effort in writing about things that are very close to your core, already choosing to become vulnerable, and either being ignored (which often happens on the internet: it’s obviously not an obligation on anyone’s part to care about what another internet citizen writes) – or being on the receiving end of some of the same reactions we see all too often: marginalisation, derision, justification.

Another peril for me is to radicalise myself and my opinions every time I’m exposed to extreme counterarguments. I think radicalisation is really one of the big contemporary social problems, and, as parts of what I think might appear as extreme to some, I don’t want to pour more fuel on the fire of the world’s opinions radicalisation. Just as much as - I’d rather not get mad at random internet strangers disagreeing that - e.g. - everyone should have equal rights and just protection. That not only hurts my feelings but also my ability to properly articulate my points.

About helping: well, once again, your attention and your replies already help, both me and others in making the message more visible, any message. Your sense of community, of holding hands with others, of sharing a bit of their message, is a great help. Discussing ideas is also fantastic. All discussions that are in good faith and do not contain extreme, either-black-or-white arguments, are good. All this means participation. Thank you for that. As you know, and as I’ve recently felt more and more, many of our ancestors, either close or distant, took arms for us to be able to participate. So we’re here. To end this, if you would like, I would ask back to you: how could we help for it to be easier to share matters that are close to your core?


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