Comments as Love

So i think we are building something here.  You could look at it thru a collection of different frames.

You could call it propaganda (as i often do).  That we are trying to advance a collection of compelling ideas and introduce them to people in a way that makes them want to embrace them.  Some of these are pretty accessible: Story TellingFunology, Sharing, ConsensusNext Generation Social Networks.  Others are more scary or daring: intentional community, honest seduction, anarchismpolyamory, memetics, “New Culture

Another frame might be life style activism, or what i sometimes refer to as “building the better party.”  When i lived in San Francisco i participated in and ultimately was one of the organizers for the cities anarchist coffeehouses.  They would rotate their monthly location to different collective houses which were willing to host. Everything sold (usually food and t-shirts) would be would be donated or rescued from a dumpster and all the profits would go to support some good radical cause.  At one point i was talking with a former communist who i had seen at a couple of our events.  I talked with him about his participation and he said that the over arching goals of the communist ideal – fairness, peace, eliminating coercion were basically the same as what the anarchist were trying to do.  But he was here because the anarchist were clearly having a better time getting there.

But the frame i want to touch on for this post is Love letter writing. The specific form of love letter writing i want to promote is commenting on posting on blogs.  I am reading an increasing number of blogs these days.  Almost all the entries i read have no comments posted on them.  I can tell you this is a slightly sad and lonely feeling, even as your blog becomes more popular (as mine fortunately has) if a post gets no comments there is a sense of disappointment (at least for me) which surrounds it.  Alternatively, even very short comments are like presents.

If you want to help build this better world, weigh in.  Leave a comment, even a short one.  It encourages this type of behavior.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

17 responses to “Comments as Love”

  1. richard w. lisko says :

    whatever you want to call it, pax, is fine by me. addendums to the list i rip from our friend brad blanton: radical honesty, tough love and sloppy agape. peace out!

  2. Eve Bruce says :

    Love letter from Ireland…..

  3. John says :

    Can’t ignore a direct request for something so easy to give…

    Greetings from NZ bro

  4. Aubby says :

    I’m a sucker for your shameless pleas.

  5. anissa says :

    funny. i just wrote an article about commenting on blogs…i thought the reluctance to do so was a nz thing. I have maybe 100 people who read my blog somewhat regularly. comments are left sometimes. Folks will often email me rather than comment. Is this because it shows up on google searchs? i thought it was a nz/small country thing, interesting to hear the lack of commenting thing is international. i am trying to take the extra few minutes to comment when i feel inspired to. Its a good feeling. Thanks for the reminder.

  6. Sapphyre says :

    I will share my thoughts more – here and through my own blog. Thanks for the nudge.

  7. paxus says :

    Big Thanks to Anu (of casa Robino fame) for suggestions for improving this blog (which she emailed) and to Diana (of Burning Man fame) for directing me to Gene Sharp and tools for non-violent revolution. See

    And appreciation for the comments from around the world, i am touched.

  8. robino says :

    Or just let go of the desire that you need a comment to receive the fulfillment. For me the fulfillment is in the writing and the act of publishing, open-sourcing it. 😉

  9. Lotus Allen says :

    Sending you some love, Paxus. I’m a new subscriber to your blog and have been getting a kick out of it… and good feelings as I read it in the morning and begin my day… out in mainstream in Berkeley, having left IC at The Farm over four years ago. Yeah, I still miss living in rural intentional community sometimes, along with New Culture ways, so reading your blog (and other communard’s) fills a little of my needs/desires. Thank you for sharing your life (and thoughts) with us. With peace & hugs, Lotus

  10. Abigail says :

    Ask and ye shall receive. Thanks for the reminder to both comment on your blog, and ask clearly for what I want.

  11. Sharon says :

    Found your blog on the Twin Oaks website. As a feminist pinko stuck in a miniscule gray cubical for 50+ hours per week, every one of you blog posts is like a buttery gold bit of truth received via my super-secret iPad which i keep hidden beneath piles of paper. Thank you, thank you. Peace, Sharon

  12. Ember says :

    It’s so great that you take the time blog everyday. I’ll be sure to reciprocate and comment. I’m excited to read more from you and to keep up on Twin Oaks while I’m away!

  13. rabbit says :

    I was cracking up reading all the comments you got by asking for comments! I have a ton to say about blogs and letters and love/appreciation letters, but sadly, I’m off to have coffee on a beautiful day in Cali, and that for the nonce must trump my writing about love, letters, and how much I love Pax’s letters!

  14. Tina says :

    Hello! I’ve been following your blog for a few months now, and yesterday I got the notion to go back to the beginning and read through them all (I think I’ll finish today!). I never comment, but this post made me feel compelled 🙂

    I look forward to reading your newest post every day, as I am a silent fan from Michigan that secretly wishes I lived at Twin Oaks.

    Good luck in life and thanks for blogging!

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