And by me I mean us.
At least those of us who learned as children that Sticks and Stones Can Break Our Bones But Words Can Never Hurt Us…
Okay, maybe sometimes words can hurt but that is not the point.
Okay, maybe that is the point but so what?
We’re Writers, right?
And if you’re not a Writer (which has to be just about impossible if you are posting stuff online) then you’re a Poet or an Artist or some kind of Creator who turns dreams into magical data streams for the world to observe and appreciate.
And as Creators, aren’t we the ones who are supposed to be leading the way to the Ideal?
Aren’t we supposed to be the voice of those who have no voice, or who have no means, or freedom, to express that voice?
If so, then what are most of you out there afraid of?
Okay, based upon my exceedingly-less-than-scientific observations, this post should either offend or illuminate just about every WordPress Content Creator, i.e., blogger, out there.
And my gut (where my science is explored and calculated) is telling me that most of you will mostly be in the “offend” camp.
I would say easily ninety-percent of the comments I leave in response to a thought provoking post have to first be approved or moderated by the site’s Creator before they are published.
Why would you, you the Writer and/or Poet and/or Artist, you the Creator, why would you do that?
What are you afraid of?
Are you getting so many responses to your posts that the evil hoards of Trolls have taken up arms (Words) against you in an evil effort to suppress your magic and genius?
But if you are, congratulations are in order.
To me, the evil Trolls are just a sign that you made it. You are a success.
Your voice is being heard.
And that is a good thing.
And we all know, because Ms Yin and Mr Yang tell us so, that with the good comes the bad.
In all honestly, I can’t wait until the Trolls come after me.
You know what I see whenever, which is almost always, I get that little message that says my comment has to first be approved/moderated?
I see fear.
I see you hiding in the shadows cast by the glow of the light of your computer screen.
I see you shaking in your pajamas, afraid of what someone might say in response to your artistic genius.
SOMEONE MIGHT NOT LIKE IT!
SOMEONE MIGHT SAY SOMETHING MEAN!
But while you are busy screening and redacting all the comments you are receiving, there are people all around the world fighting, and dying, to be heard.
To have a voice.
To not be moderated.
What, you think I’m being a little melodramatic?
You think it doesn’t matter whether or not you screen your comments.
If so, then I think you are being very, very (adverbs…yeah, I know) naive.
Law of Attraction, my little insecure genius…
At a minimum, first impressions matter.
What is one to think of you when their first interaction with you involves you first having to do a security check on them?
Trust issues, is what I think.
But then again, some of you may not even know that you are the Putin of your very own Police State.
You may be suppressing freedom and free speech literally (yes I said literally…because I mean it!) around the globe and not even know it.
So, for all the Freedom and Free Speech Lovers around the world (of WordPress), here is all you have to do to fight back against the evil forces of oppression:
Go to your Dashboard, click on Settings, click on Discussion, and then please, please, please, if checked, uncheck the Comment must be manually approved and Comment author must have a previously approved comment boxes.
Do it and I guarantee you will feel empowered knowing that you are not afraid of all the evil forces that are out there just waiting for the right time to attack.
And if you are afraid, it’s okay.
We all are to some degree.
Because, let’s face it, Words really can hurt.
And that’s a little scary.
But when the attack comes, and it will, be ready for it by building up your arsenal of creativity now.
Rise Up! to the challenge.
Work like a possessed ninja on your Writing and/or your Poeting and/or Arting skills.
Use The Force.
Be the Creation.
And when the attack comes, destroy it with Creativity and Expression!
And if that doesn’t work, you ask.
Fuck it…just delete it.
Like the Boss Moderator that you are.