I think I was concentrating too heavily on intelligence there. Its as much attitude and outlook.
I don't care how smart you are if you cause pain and misery.
I don't care if you have the IQ of broccoli if you are kind and trying the ways you can to make the world a better place - and not just for those who share your opinions or views.
As +Catherine Maguire
, says, its also about mode. With only one or two exceptions, what would have been flamewars on private forums with handles and not names have been mostly amicable disagreements. None of them turned into vendettas or even blocks or ignores. We had our say, disagreed and that was pretty much it. There is a level of maturity, I want to say reasonableness but it's not really that... so I'll stick with maturity - independent of age to the way we discuss and learn here. Google got it right with real names. No moniker or pseudonym to hide behind and we become much more civil.
It's not an armed society which is the polite society it is the interconnected
society. When you are known as you to a potential audience of millions
of people you don't want to be known as an ass - at least I don't. The corollary to that is you can not pretend to be something you are not for long. The truth always outs.
I think it is possible to hold the view that, for us, G+ is superior to the other networks for the reasons we discussed without being elitist. I don't feel superior because I am vert smart. I live in envy and wonder at the myriad things people of all qualities create and which I am unable to. I have my strengths, and some of them are quite powerful. I have my weaknesses too.
I've been mulling over ideas for what I've been calling The Best Part Forward Foundation (crap name, suggestions welcomed) for a number of years now.
It would be a place for all of the fringies to finally be able to contribute, where the hermits can help, where the aged and the infirm can accomplish and share a community, where anyone
can come forward with their strengths forward, not worrying about their weaknesses because others have their strengths forward too. Each provides and receives the support they need from the people who can, and will
help. I reckon we could pull ourselves to the Moon by our bootstraps that way.
Problem is, I don't think small and I know where my strengths lie; most of them are not in the areas which would allow me to take that idea from "just another dream" to a reality. I've got a lot of ideas like that.
And so, we come back to G+. This community has me dusting off some of the largest and the grandest of those ideas and to consider that it might just be possible...to accomplish them.
I'm tired of opposing idiots and bigots, I want to build with people who want to build a better world.