There are wonderful people on the Love Knysna Facebook. This blog isn’t about them but it is for them in that i feel like i should always explain to the loyal readers there.
Considering the law of averages, every kind of person is likely on my Facebook page with its almost 5000 subscribers [update: 7400 at June 26 2016]. There will be the kindest souls and hard workers as well as fraudsters and murderers. Society is made up of it all. I don’t have control over all that but i do have control over some of what i experience here.
When you were at school, did you ever think that your class would’ve been better off with that nasty boy or girl whose goal was disruption? Well, the Facebook community page is a helluva big class and i’m, in a manner of speaking, the teacher up front trying to figure out how to get everyone to read what’s on the chalkboard.
It’s understandable that with our many personalities and some of the tough issues i present, that there will be conflict. Unlike some news services, i don’t seek conflict to boost my readership. I welcome debate so those that disagree with good argument will always be welcome. What I don’t welcome is those whose goal is to be disruptive.
Having revealed many dark dealings by our local government, i have enemies. It’s fact that there are people out to destroy me (just look at all the court cases against me or hear the crazy rumours about me that pass around town like candy for gossipmongers).
Those enemies have friends, colleagues, business partners, hypocritical church mates… Some think that their social circle, what they know, is more important than right and wrong. Some of those think that they can use this page to score petty points like bullies in a school playground. Some are so cowardly and ridiculous that they spit from behind fake profiles.
Beside them, there’s the racist and homophobic…. and the crazies. The latter seem to latch onto those who are well known, so as to somehow attract attention to themselves – it doesn’t matter what kind, so long as it’s attention.
Then there are those who battle to grow up, who scratch like cats whilst fighting for a morsel of gossip, who speak without thinking, who behave as if what is said online doesn’t need to follow the same rules as if they were standing in front of the person. I have become more intolerant of them because i’d rather spend my time more productively than on pointless, social media battles.
None of those kinds of people are welcome there or here. If I banned them it was for good reason, for something spectacularly wrong or because they repeatedly filled the comment section with unexplained bias.
However, some people, do change, finding themselves at a different place in their lives that offers new perspective. The same applies to me too. In that spirit, i’ve unbanned a bunch of people. I hope that they stay on topic and make a contribution.
Tougher times are on the horizon. That’s not pessimism, just fact to anyone whose bothered to watch what’s happening in the world, especially the financial markets. We’re in a mini-bubble that will pop like it did in 2009. The difference is that it will be harder for people to be the sheep they were as they returned to their routines, enforcing blindness on themselves instead of justice on those who screwed them.
With eyes wide open, we have to work better together. Knysna can be more if we are more! If we don’t, failure becomes the only destination.