Friday, June 18, 2010

My Ode to the Aetherwebs

One of the great things about the Aetherwebs is that it illustrates quite vividly that We Are Not Alone. Oh, I don't mean the extraterretials with whom we may or may not share a planet. I mean that, in a planet of six billion people, more or less, whatever your particular set of circumstances, someone out there shares those same circumstances.

Depressed? Plenty of fellow sufferers. Repetitive strain injuries? Ditto. Fetish for naked midgets? Yeah, probably that, too. In the pre-Aetherwebic Dark Ages, you might live in a small town where (a) it might be the case that no one else has what you have, and thus no one knows what you're going through, or (b) someone else does, but neither of you wants to admit it to the other. Alternatively, you might live in a large enough area to know that someone out there shares your problems, but you also have no way of contacting him or her for a little empathy.

So thanks to everyone who has shared something potentially embarrassing about herself, even if pseudonymously. Someone feels better because of it.

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