a late consideration
I saw the words burning on the screen…terrible flames of tension and anger and I watched as the terrible conflagration consumed the people in their ire, misunderstanding, envy or who knows what other emotion. Fact is…that in a single week at least two blogs were burnt out. Strangely enough, my heartbeat told me that I was participating and suffering just as though I was present in a room with the various contenders!
The bright hues of happy and joyful banter which had been what had brought me to visit these sites in the early days, when I was beginning to enter this new world, were now muddied in dark browns and blacks as temperament and judgement took over replacing the joyous rays of happiness and fun. I began to realize that the competition was anything but friendly, at least in some circles.
Of course the constant push to build up stats, get yourself read, build a community etc. didn’t really help very much in promoting writing for the sake of writing. Though there was always a lot of talk about doing just that. Some fell into the trap … ambition and ego … and soon all was lost. How many rose and fell … and how many more would rise and fall … I really couldn’t and can’t say, not having read those stats, if they exist at all…
What moral considerations could I make about any of this? Probably many if I tried, but in the end I’ll make none whatsoever. I’ve never met even one of these people, I really know no more than what I’ve read and of course they know nothing of me! What extraordinary beings we are! We are able to create beauty and horror so beautifully with our words…and the really interesting thing is that we believe our fantasies without reserve!
In the 21st century, whole worlds have come into being, that have no more substance than words. Of course we’ve been writing stories for years, which we’ve transformed into plays, movies and TV series. Some would say that all human relationships are more or less based in our own fantasy … but this is really new. We interact with these fantasies and give them life. Virtual worlds…Facebook, Twitter or others “communities” … words contacting words … through cyberspace.
(I entitled this a late consideration only because I’m writing for a two-week old prompt … see below. As usual…I really don’t know what I’ll write until I’ve done it … these considerations have popped into my mind on several occasions over the last years. I don’t know what you think about all this…indeed, I barely know what I think about all this. Sometimes I think it’s great othertimes maybe not so great. Does anyone have a comment to make? Has anyone had a similar consideration or maybe have another point of view, hopefully a little less pessimistic?)
Waiting for this week’s Three Word Wednesday I though I’d write from the Three Word Wednesday words that were up on week before last, here they are:
Burn, verb: Be or cause to be destroyed by fire; damage or injury by heat or fire; to be possessed by (a desire or emotion); use as a type of fuel; feel or cause to feel sore, hot or inflamed, typically as a result of illness or injury; noun: An injury caused by exposure to heat or flame.
Hue, noun: A color or shade; the attribute of a color by virtue of which it is discernible as red, green, etc., and which is dependent on its dominant wavelength, and independent of intensity or lightness; character; aspect.
Moral, adjective: Concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character; concerned with or derived from the code of interpersonal behavior that is considered right or acceptable in a particular society; examining the nature of ethics and the foundations of good and bad character and conduct; holding or manifesting high principles for proper conduct; noun: A lesson, esp. one concerning what is right or prudent, that can be derived from a story, a piece of information, or an experience.