Here in the U.S., we’re about to celebrate my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday all about good food and spending time with good friends, and… that’s basically it. And that’s why I love it. No need to agonize over finding just the right gift, or anything like that. Just relax and enjoy being human.
This year, I am most thankful for the Internet. Now you might be thinking how could anyone be thankful for the Internet? There’s so much online harassment going on. Political disinformation campaigns are plentiful. People are being cheated and scammed, and faceless corporations are collecting personal data on each and every one of us.
Yes, the Internet can be a scary place. Without a doubt, some bad things have happened to me online, and I know far worse things have happened to other people. But as a wise woman once told me: nothing good in life comes without risk or without sacrifice. And at least in my personal experience, the good stuff on the Internet far outweighs the bad.
The Internet has fed my passion for writing and art. It’s fed my passion for science and space exploration. It’s given me access to so many resources, and I’ve read so much original research (unfiltered by the popular press) thanks to the Internet. I’ve learned so much, and I’ve been exposed to perspectives and worldviews that I, as someone living in one specific region of the United States, never would have encountered otherwise. And the Internet has left me with an awareness that, despite all this knowledge I’ve gained, I still have so much more to learn.
And most importantly of all, I’ve made new friends here on the Internet. I may not have met you in person, but I love you all the same! I know some people would take a dim view of me for claiming my online friends count as “real” friends, but it’s true. I really do consider many of you to be good friends. For that, I am very thankful.
Okay wait… do I really want to share that in a blog post…?