We spend a lot of our lives online now. Possibly even spendng more time communicating online than we spend communicating in real life, I know I do. That’s why it is so important to express ourselves and be who we really are online (and in person). For a long time I would constantly censor myself to avoid conflict, to be more agreeable, to guard against being judged negatively by my opinions. I would think about how voicing my opinion on something might affect me in the future when viewed by a potential employer.
I have slowly come to the conclusion that it is a horrible way to live. Think about the people who have made a difference in the world or just in your life. They made a difference due to their individuality, people that never cause ripples in the water are just plain boring.
I still value rational, civilized discussion over trolling but to avoid those discussions when you truely care about them is doing harm to yourself. If a future employer doesn’t like how you portray yourself do you really want to work for them and constantly have to censor yourself to hide who you are? If you lose a friend over expressing your views on something, are they really a friend you want to keep? I know for me, I want friends that will accept me for who I am and can handle agreeing to disagree.
By watering down how we think and who we are, we are not adding value, we are not living our life as our own, we are simply existing. So please, speak your fucking mind. Don’t take this as an excuse to hurt people through unkind words or to not use compassion and reason in your communication but it’s time to start living your life.
In conclusion, this is one of my favorite XKCD comics