Online, we don’t have access to social cues. There’s no one on the receiving end of our jabs and tirades and vitriol. All we see are words on a screen in a text box. Empathy is null and void.
Sometimes, I write things down that I think and feel and post them on the internet. Maybe you like to cook food or hunt animals or kick a ball around a field. I like to do this. And, when I do — when I share my personal experience of being a human being in the world which is just generally hard — someone inevitably attacks me for doing it “wrong.”
For the record: I think this is totally reasonable. We all do life differently. Hooray for choices and opinions! Let’s all do our respective things as we choose to do them since we only get one shot as far as we know. My entire world view is based on a genuine belief in personal freedom and autonomy. I just don’t understand why we have to obliterate each other in the process.