Recently, I posted a very simple comment on THE ANGRY ARAB NEWS SERVICE, and an equally simple reply to it bothered me quite a bit.
- Here is the original post that As3ad Abu Khalil (The Angry Arab) posted:
It still bothers me--but is quite indicative of something global--that my posts that have to do with sexism or gender discrimination generate no reactions or comments whatever. I can write "potato" in a post, and there would be some 20 comments.
- I jokingly made the following comment:
I am hereby commenting because you included the word potato in your post.
- An anonymous person who called himself "ibn 'aynata " commented directly after my comment:
and that is why every time we are asked if we are from bint jbeil,we are fast in denying that, potato head
- I replied with the words below;
as3ad,And I'll add a couple of words and ask this:
the commenting section of your blog is a forum for psychopaths to spew their hatred for each other, while they are all anonymous to each other. i cannot believe the extent of the hatred.
it's like experiencing an angry moment inside a psychiatric hospital ward where all the patients have gone ballistic and start to verbally assault each other, coming very close to throwing chairs at each other. the only difference is: everyone has a mask on their face; no one knows who anyone else really is.
i mean, i understand that the entire forum of blogging in general, to a large extent, is a forum for hate, and an opportunity for people to show their hate, but on your blog, your posts are in one world, and the comments section of your readership is in an entirely different world. and it's not just the expected hatred of pro-palestinians vs zionists, or religious vs secularist, or vegetarians vs carnivores; even someone from aynata feels compelled to offer hateful words to someone from bint jbeil, words that perhaps would not have been said in person.
what is with the amount of HATRED? what is fermenting in everyone's hearts??? where does the compelling need of one to tell others about one's hatred come from?? is it the anonymity of the internet?
Has the advent of the internet, and the virtual anonymity of it, allowed us human beings the previously unavailable opportunity to hide yet openly divulge the inner-most recesses of our deepest psyches? Is this good or not? What about divulging the good aspects of our inner selves while anonymous? (That as well happens on the internet.) Have we seen nothing yet? have the deepest parts of our psyches not yet come out, on a mass scale? After all, the internet is relatively young. What will happen then? will we just plainly run outside and eat other?
I know that saying things like "the advent of the internet" makes me sound old, but I am proud to not belong to the generations that take for granted the internet as well as the preponderance of mass communication, and know nothing else.
I remember a different kind of anonymity, a time when an individual walked the Earth with a truly free spirit, free from electronics, free from micro-connectedness, free from surveillance, free from identity tracking, free from micro-chipped-existence, free from hyper-competitiveness, free from super-speed and cyber-life. One was truly anonymous and free, although we didn't know it then, and that is why we allowed it to be taken away, in exchange for all kinds of new abilities and opportunitites.
That was before all of this existed. Then again, neither had psychopathic homicidal empires and nation-states existed, back in the good ol days when we lived in caves. But at least we didn't eat each other then.