The Advent of Nobody
I’m nobody. Well, that’s not completely true. I should say, I’m as much a somebody as anybody else you’ll encounter in your daily life. However, despite my plebeian status, I still have access to a medium that offers me a chance to reach a wide audience (wider than I would have otherwise), through nothing more than a few keystrokes. This is much in contrast to the trend that existed for the majority of human history, in which the exchange and distribution of ideas was reserved for a select few (it should be noted that until very recently in our social development, literacy was a rarity among the greater public).
Even though I don’t always comment, or otherwise make my presence known, I actually spent a good deal of time cruising through other people’s sites and posts, enjoying the insights and perspectives (not to mention humor) this diverse pool of writers contribute to my intellectual development. And, to take a brief but necessary break from the usually grim and sarcastic tone regular readers of this site are used to, I’d like to take this opportunity to mention that I do feel fortunate to live in a time period where such an easy access to both complementary and adversarial thoughts is made available to so many of us. Yes, there are a lot of things about contemporary society to be down about, but let’s not ignore the good when we find it. And if you can’t find any other good in sight, take as good the knowledge that ultimately you and I are both nobodies who actually get to have some semblance of a voice in the public sphere, even if it’s only a tiny corner of it. And that’s something worth considering.
Keep writing, reading, and speaking out,
Tea. Peppermint. Sweetened with honey, never sugar.