I have been reading here at ICM for over a decade now. During those years I read about strains, growing styles, visited the infirmary (more often than I'd like to admit) and looked at many stunning photos of cannabis and much more. Never had I ventured into the Speakers Corner. Dec. '19 I finally made an account with the UN I have used for over 10 yrs. i m(am) i u(you) b u. This is my mantra, my approach to life... live and let live. I try to adhere to this but I am also human and find myself recently very agitated towards my fellow humans. This was revealed to me after I began reading in the SC. I believe in discussing the tough subjects and we are certainly in a time of really disparaging issues. There however is no real discussion/ debate occurring sadly. Grown folks calling each other names and making threats towards those who disagree, is not going to solve any of our current issues. This behavior only further feeds division.
I have come to the conclusion that in this time, when we are all locked in, frustrated, angry, confused etc, etc... there is a need to release these same emotions. So, I do get that it is therapeutic for some folks to just vent. Would those same folks act like this in regular/ normal life situations? IDK but I'd like to think not. I'd like to think this time of uncertainly has brought out the worst, and not the best in some folks.
Knowing this and understanding a small bit about human behavior and knowing we all are able to choose... I can then make a conscious choice to not go to the Speakers Corner. IF I do decide to venture in... I best wear my hip waders and put on a thick skin too. Each one of us can choose to enter where we know there is negativity abounding.
Where will these folks vent, find comfort in those who think the same etc??? At least at the other end of a keyboard/ computer screen, we are safe. What happens if some of these folks don't have the SC and take their anger out on their IRL Family and friends?
I say, let them have at it and let the chips fall where they may.
If members do not like what goes on in there... stay away.
We can only control ourselves, not others. Tend to our own gardens and stop eyeing the weeds in the neighbors field.