There's a culture of negativity forming on the fediverse, similar to other platforms. The instinct is to call attention to it and critique it, but that itself is just creating more negativity

I think a better tactic is to make a conscious effort to create and spread more positive content, even simple stuff like the plants you're growing or the meal you're having

And on that note, let me show you the boys!

These are better boy tomato plants which we direct sowed about a month ago, and they've been doing so well!

There's a fourth in the same row as the one in the second picture, but he's a little behind, I think because he was planted too close to the basil and had to compete for space. I won't post him just in case it'd embarrass him

And yes, we regularly refer to them as "the boys," collectively. It's my favorite

@socalledunitedstates The boys are back in bloom (the boys are back in bloom)!


You've got some beautiful boys there!

πŸ’š πŸ… πŸ’› πŸ… ❀️ πŸ… πŸ… πŸ…

My wife's maters git killed last weekend. Glad yours are doing better :)

@tykayn @socalledunitedstates

Evening bird. He comes along like clockwork and sings for about 10 minutes at 8:40 Central time

@socalledunitedstates But...critiquing something isn't necessarily negative. Also, if nothing gets critiqued, then whatever the conflict is eventually comes up anyway, sometimes worse than it would've been otherwise.

I think I know what you mean, though.

Like critiquing as in trying to "drag" someone, or cancel them because they made a mistake or messed up, yes?

@socalledunitedstates I agree with that being negative in general, especially in terms of the tendency on here and other platforms.

@stackingstones Bringing it up is important, but it's been thoroughly brought up by now. I don't think anyone is unaware of the issue

I just don't need to see people bringing it up twice a day on my TL as if it's just another thing to gripe about, that's counterintuitive. Just be aware that raising awareness isn't the endgoal, creating a more positive environment is

@socalledunitedstates I don't necessarily agree with "creating a more positive environment is the end goal", either. I think it depends on the situation -- for example, people said that when Black people tried to point out that people were racist on here (which still happens regularly, in both "casual racism" ways and overt ones). "Don't be negative! CW your personal thoughts"! It was like people weaponized positivity.

Also, there's definitely things people don't know about. It depends on what you're talking in reference to.

I agree that raising awareness -- especially in that "omg here's <horrible thing with no context and nothing you can do about it, save for hate on random people for minor "infractions"> -- boost to raise awareness" way can be weapoinzed as well, in order for people to appease their guilt, or to actually be "negative" -- rather than work towards awareness or work towards transforming society in a positive way.

@socalledunitedstates You're absolutely right. The best thing about the Fediverse is that you can make it exactly what you want.

@socalledunitedstates the fediverse really needs more self critique as well. we spend all this time critiquing each other, but rarely do i see someone look at themselves and discuss how they could do better
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