This is beautiful.
I’ve been reading some blogs that suggest that someone can take your happiness away because they say something that denigrates your happiness in being a fan. There have been several blogs and tweets about the IMDB Richard Armitage board and the “trolls” who are harassing people there.
Me, I just stay away from places like that. I just leave a website that is expressing a viewpoint that makes me uncomfortable, or that I really disagree with. Maybe I’m shallow. If a Tweeter I follow is acting in a way that I find brings me down or makes me uncomfortable, I unfollow. I just do. This is a “hobby” for me – blogging, tweeting, tumblr, whatever. I look for the happy. I’m not looking to make a name for myself, or get a lot of follows or followers. If you like what I write, that makes me happy. I suspect more don’t care about me, which is fine. I have a bunch of people who do care about me and I care about them.
I watched William Shatner’s documentary that he directed “Get A Life” (2012), about the Star Trek fandom. Shatner started out thinking Star Trek fans were nuts, but this film illustrates the richness that fans create from their love of a tv show/film/actor. It’s a beautiful thing.
Life is full of ugliness. A simplistic way of looking at Buddhism is to say that misery is unavoidable, so why be miserable? We can’t silence the trolls. We can only ignore them. I know that some will disagree with my opinion. Which is fine. 😀