I try really hard not to address external bullshit human drama as it swings its way into my life but the past month and a half has shown me that sometimes there is a lesson to be had in all of it.
In my Facebook Group ELECTRICAL WIZARDRY we had some hazing brought about by some people in other electrical groups. A few of these individuals are known in the communities as "trolls" and have a reputation for being extremely hateful pricks to their brother electricians. Some of these individuals proceeded to make a mockery out of the group and some members so I put a fast stop to it. In doing so I realized that HOW I acted was the wrong way to act. I essentially censored people and slammed the door in their faces rather than approaching them and allowing them a chance to meet us and get to know what we're about.
Instead I saw a shit-show happening and met it with a wall. My reason for doing this was that (as many of you know) I've taken a month and a half off from the internet and creating content. I focused inward on my family, friends, and work and stopped putting things out in the virtual world we all live in collectively, and instead paid time into the real world I exist in. Well that was going great for a few weeks and then some fuckery happened in the Electrical Wizardry group. So I came in hard and fast, judged the situation very harshly without all the details, and rather than using sound reason and logic I acted poorly and emotionally. Then I hit the "x" on my browser and haven't looked back in weeks. Meanwhile the messages of hate and appreciation have both been piling in and I now have some work to do to mend relationships and begin to build a foundation of respect and humility for our group.
Does this feel like high school to anyone else?