It became close to my heart because I understand a lot what people who "suffer" from this go through.
And I understand because I am half deaf, used to be extremely fat, used to have a massive speech impairment (which I worked on and now I sound exactly like a New Yorker ) and suffered a lot from bullying of all sorts.
The topic is, well, "bullying" in all forms. And specifically online where it is easy to do so.
This means, saying something nasty, letting out a rant to the person on the other side of the screen, when you don't even know them, that is bullying.
Not responding to someone's email, dating profiles, and so forth because you are too good for them and just not interested.
Being tougher than you really are because you are miles away and protected by a screen.
This is DISGUSTING and MUST BE STOPPED.
Just telling you what is on my mind.
People come to me and say how hurtful they feel because of a dating site or for the dreadful Craigslist.
They are right. They are human. We are human. Why do some people insist they can do whatever they want.
What happened to recognizing there is a human being, no matter how much technology advance, behind EVERYTHING.
People are always amazed how when I walk down the street, and say I say "Good Afternoon" to the doorman I don't know, to the people in lines and we can strike up a conversation. More so, I give the "human touch", a tap on the shoulders, or elbow...and you know what, these people I am chatting with LOVE IT.
The HUMAN TOUCH. We crave it. And with a little bit a caring we will go further than we are now.
Computer or not. Screen or not. There is a REAL person there.
It is SO easy to bash someone, and sadly, some people on this forum are guilty of it...But PLEASE hold back just a bit.
Just a bit more and perhaps say something sweet and kind.
And as Conan O'brien said when he left The Tonight Show:
All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard, and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.
And with that, I want to share with you a video, from someone I highly respect and a mentor of mine, Derek Sivers: