Fire needs fuel–wood and oxygen. Once the wood is gone, the fire burns itself out. Once the oxygen is gone, the fire cannot sustain itself. The servant’s silence sucks the oxygen out of the room. There is no fuel for the fire. How often we add fuel to the fire by our reactions and responses–the timely insult, the sarcastic barb, the witty comeback, the punch in the face. Our response only justifies more aggression. Silence has the power to extinguish the violence.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.