First off, let me say that I will defend everyone's right to blind reflex contrarianism, non-constructive criticism, dogmatic orthodoxies, invidious lifestyle, racial, and nationalistic sterotypes, willful misinterpretation in the name of conflict escalation, hostility and condescension as a first resort, and ad hominem slurs. What would the internet be without these crucial interpersonal resources? But in the name of all that is holy, what the heck is going on here lately? Is it March Madness? Economic malaise? Late winter fever? Vitamin D defficiency? Acute, chronic misting? Titanium poisoning? It's bumming me out, and I don't think I'm alone.
I am going to proceed on the assumption that most BPLers are of the kinder sort who see a place for patience, humor, and polite disagreement alongside the above list. Surely there is a larger common ground we can find. If a person's primary hobby was arguing, I doubt they would be part of something like BPL to begin with, as the woods would presumably provide little enjoyment.
I propose a thread to remind us of what we share, and how we can go about enjoying those things while cultivating our better selves. Stories of on-trail kindnesses. Pictures of adorable pets. You get the idea. If it instead becomes a thread about how dare anyone tell you how and what to type, I'm sure the irony will not be lost, however disappointing it may be.
So, any suggestions to let some sunshine into this place? It is always darkest right before the light?