These are formative days for Persona Paper, and we are the ones who may shape its future. Right now, we can have a real say in the tone and substance of this writing platform through our posts and our comments. We can help to build a community where things like good writing, honest ideas and genuine interaction are respected.
Sometimes that might mean saying things which other people don't agree with. I'm cool with that, but I understand that not everyone will be. Honesty can sometimes lead to arguments and bitterness, and there's probably a greater need for acceptance than for controversy at the moment.
I'm hoping, though, that there will be room for a few good discussions as time goes by. I'm hoping that we can post our opinions on things like politics, religion, gun control and other emotive issues without alienating ourselves from those who might disagree. By sharing honestly we just might get to know each other better.
This would be a remarkable thing. One of the downsides of social media has been that enclaves of acceptance tend to form, where people are drawn to those who agree with them and viciously attack those who disagree. You see this sort of behaviour all the time on YouTube, Facebook, newspaper websites and other places where anonymity and distance allows for false bravado.
Will this be another place where difficult questions are either dodged or attacked? Or will it be a place for open and honest discussion on a great range of topics? I'd like to think that folks like you and me might help decide that.