What We Need Now: Good Vibes

Wow, what a week! As we inch closer and closer to Election Day, school midterms, and the holidays, we want to take a little time to do a community-wide vibe check. So, as Joey Tribbiani would say: How you doin’?

A quick scan of blogs and news sites shows one word used more frequently than others: stress. Pandemic stress and Election Stress Disorder are real, y’all. How do we cope when we need to remain physically distant from one another? An easy answer would be social media.

However, several members of the Visva community have mentioned that they can’t even with other social media platforms right now. One Visva staffer said she opened one of those apps recently and couldn’t scroll past more than a few posts without encountering an argument about politics. Those types of interactions just make us want to say “Ew, David!” and hide under the covers.

That’s not what we want for our Visva family. We are working hard to create a feel-good place, a haven for positivity, a community built on kindness and respect.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

We believe community action is bigger than your party affiliation or your religion. We believe human rights should be the concern of all, not just specific demographics. We believe in the power of people coming together to create change.

We know things are heating up in the political arena, and we encourage discussions about voting and taking action. Heck, we even created the Community Action Squad, and are publishing a blog series about the election! Let’s keep these discussions civil. Let’s listen to each other and empathize.

That said, we firmly discourage divisive posts or comments. And if you see a post that bugs you, just let it be and scroll on. Don’t add to the negativity.

Tribe leaders - if you encounter some bad actors in your tribe, please contact us directly. We want you to feel empowered to build your tribe, your community, without the stress of dealing with negativity.

Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means, but always at the same time as an end. - Immanuel Kant

Kant believed in the notion that respect for people honors basic human rights. If we can all get along, regardless of our beliefs, then perhaps we can pave the way for a culture of tolerance and respect in future generations.

That's it for now Visva Fam! Stay safe, wear a mask, and be kind. 💖