Mudcat Café message #860158 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #55349   Message #860158
Posted By: Little Hawk
06-Jan-03 - 06:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Veterans Would Mudcat hook you in today?
Subject: RE: BS: Veterans Would Mudcat hook you in today?
Mudcat probably (almost certainly) would not hook me in today.

BUT...........that is NOT because Mudcat has changed (and it has).

It is because I have changed. The chances of my being attracted to chat on another Internet forum are very, very small. I have more direct, tactile ways to engage in life than that.

Mudcat was my first experience of talking to many strangers (albeit strangers with certain common connections) over a computer. I became fascinated by the process, and by the variety of people and ideas involved, and so I became a regular on Mudcat. I got to like it.

I am not likely to repeat that experience on some other Internet forum. I am becoming less likely to do so all the time.

Mudcat, of course, has changed. But that is largely because society itself has changed...radically...and all of us have changed too, as a consequence.

These are dangerous times in the world. I have never seen them more dangerous. That is affecting all of us.

The things I considered important in the past have been considerably altered in my viewpoint. I don't consider most of them so important now. What I do consider important is actually consciously living, living harmoniously, and living in a way that is strongly connected with other people who have what I would term a spiritual focus. This has little or nothing to do with the more material considerations of life, as long as the basics are taken care of (enough food, shelter, clothing, useful work, good company, and genuine love, equality, and respect on all levels for those with whom one is living). The basics are all anyone needs in order to transform themselves into something better.

The only reason I still log on here is because I know many people here and I relate to them as my friends (whether or not we agree on politics). It's a community.

I am not about to criticize that community for NOT having stood still and changeless...while the rest of the world changed tremendously all around it.

- LH