Random Musings: Acting locally, Internet trolls, Cosmetic surgery

It’s one thing to want to save the rainforests. It’s another to take the time to find out why they are disappearing and work on the root causes. Often in developing countries the people may be fully aware that what they are doing is damaging things for the long term, but have no choice but to continue doing it anyway. It’s that or starve.

So it’s always good to see people acting at the local level to give people alternatives. I’m going to try to find more of these kinds of stories, and not just about my own church. If you see any, let me know.

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Here’s an interesting interview. Someone tweeted about how a particular internet personality should die, so a writer interviewed the tweeter about why she would say such a thing. This really has nothing to do with Andrew Breitbart and everything to do with human nature and the consequences of internet anonymity.

In the end, it’s a good lesson for all of us. Try not to get too upset over things you read online. There are plenty of people out there just like this young lady who say the nastiest things just to see the reaction. She was actually pretty tame, really, compared to some I’ve seen. But one is left to wonder if the internet really brings us closer together or just makes it more comfortable to attack people. In the absence of consequences the social contract breaks down pretty quickly.

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Evidently I’ve moved to the Cosmetic Surgery Capital of America. I’ve noticed. Billboards, radio spots, web ads…it’s all over. It’s sad, and more than a little scary. I worry for my daughter. Though my wife and I do worry about her being too impressed with herself (she is a cute little girl–obviously her mother’s genes are dominant), I worry even more than society is going to convince her she’s not cute enough!

I probably worry too much. But I’m a parent. That’s my job.