It has been about 7 years since I started participating in online communities. I have always felt like an outsider in my birth place, mostly because of my views on life. As I kept interacting online I found a few very generous people who liked my ideas and gave me valuable feedback which helped me grow intellectually and otherwise.
Initially I participated in couple of philosophy forums and then started interacting via blog and Facebook. As I kept interacting, many things gradually started changing in my thinking and life and a transformation started happening. This transformation is still taking place and I see more love, light and peace.
I feel what makes these communities so beautiful is the abundance of people from various corners of globe who think like you and give you their generous feedback. It’s true that these people can’t really offer you things which your day-to-day community does, such as–food, clothes and housing(maybe it does for some of you); still it offers something which is also an indispensable ingredient in making you a complete human. Proper feedback for your ideas is a must if you want to feel alive and content–you can’t grow without it. These communities bring together some like-minded people who don’t give regard to caste, creeds, religions, ethnicities and nationalities and this the beauty of the renaissance that is taking place in this century.
As more people who are generous and kind get connected with each other despite physical distance–a critical mass would be reached and this current of life would help eliminate the darkness which is a threat to all life on earth. I look forward to more love, light and peace in such communities and on earth.
This article was small as I had not done proper research and polishing–my friend Audrey Walsh chipped in with her wonderful ideas which she heard in a video by a psychologist. She is fond of new ideas and videos on her website are amazing. I request you to visit her site as you would find a wealth of wonderful concepts and ideas over there. I am quoting her from my comments section to make this article look better than it originally was. Thank you very much Audrey!
So true Anand! Your post made me think about a video I saw not too long ago. About a psychologist that did a study about humans and cyberspace interactions. She found out, (among other things) that because we are all wired to be social creatures, we ache to find our own “tribe” as she described, we evolved seeking it through different ways. Partly because today a days is easier to travel thus move around, and find our own way, we are doing the same online, seeking online communities as to connect with what we feel a better match for us, and feel more authentic and happier.