This quote from artist and writer Austin Kleon reminds us that kindness and respect can go a long way. When we're online we're part of a vast worldwide community that can, at the same time, feel as small as a neighbourhood. It's easy to become overwhelmed by anger and lash out when there isn't someone in front of you, so it helps to imagine that there is.
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We're all likely aware that anger can hurt and breed more anger, but it's a good thing to keep in the back of your mind. There's nothing wrong with conflict, but it's far more productive when you keep a level head. Next time you're enraged by the internet, put the conversation in the context of a small town and, you know, be nice.