Ask Jesse Show Notes – Episode 69: Arguing With Strangers

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By Victoria Lynn Hall

I really don’t want to argue with strangers on social media anymore and yet whenever I get on social media, this is what I find myself doing half the time. I keep telling myself it can be different. I keep trying to do something different but it’s like trying to forge a new path through the wilderness. I keep giving into the temptation to try the well worn paths that just lead me to the same dead ends.

Maybe Jesse has the right idea by just leaving social media altogether but that really isn’t an option for me. So I persevere; complaining about the rough terrain, the un-avoided pitfalls, the slow progress…and yet also finding myself grateful for the simple pleasures, the small victories, the slow progress…

The community I’ve managed to find through social media has been a clearing in the wilderness for me. A place to build campfires and gather round them, telling each other the kinds of things that create bonds of trust: our troubles, our worries, our hopes and our dreams.

I’ve been thinking lately that none of us that show up to these gatherings truly give ourselves enough credit for how brave we are to do this . And the healing and transformation that takes place in these circles seems to be telling me that this is the kind of effort that I need to make and encourage more often. That we don’t need to forge new paths as much as we need to create new spaces where those paths and the people on them can converge.

With the help of our community, I’m working on some projects I believe are aligned with that goal that will begin early in 2022. Make sure you are subscribed to us here at WordPress or that you follow us on Twitter or are a member of our Facebook Group to be informed of what we are up to.

Once again, thanks for listening and Happy Holidays.

In this episode I mentioned my recent article, The Words of Jacob Marley’s Ghost

Here is the video clip I was referring to with Vandana Shiva discussing negative identity politics on Russell Brand’s podcast from April of this year:

You can my interview with Dr. Cindy Nye and notes for that here: Talking About Our Emotions with Cindy Nye, PhD

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Jesse Crall

A Los Angeles native, Jesse Crall graduated from UCLA’s English Department before working as a copywriter, script reader and project manager for an engineering firm.

A self taught artist and creative entrepreneur, Victoria Lynn Hall lives in the Kansas City area with 4 spoiled cats. She believes in art and the magic of kindness.

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Creative Coordinator of Amplifire Project.

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