That last post was not to demean people who post politics on here or get really into it but like, the idea that “it is cowardly” not to engage in politics on here (or anywhere else) is really harmful imo. Back when I was super depressed and had nothing to channel my creative urges into I’d post a hell of a lot more on this blog and it was my endorphin rush and I felt like I *had to* post on this blog, reblog every issue specific post on my dash that branded me filth for not reblogging, engage with every fool who dared cross my path with Bad Discourse, etc.
I took it a step further because I was really badly down on myself and was susceptible and kept trying to restructure my life and ideas to fit in with people. There were a lot of things I’m really into that I didn’t ever want to discuss (like WW2 and milsim stuff) because I thought that must be Bad, and me Bad with it.
All of that stuff gets drilled into you in participating in this site when you’re secluded and mentally ill and you don’t have other outlets or friends but political posting and political blogs. You feel like you’ve Got To take part in the discourse here, and that to do otherwise is to deny your people a life-saving service or something. But you should do this if you have the energy for it. If you get up in the morning and you want to, and have the motivation and drive, and you feel fulfilled by it and can sustain it. That’s (imo) what participation in political discussions should be like. Not you feeling like you’ll be abandoned if you don’t.
Not all of us have the energy and capacity to engage in that for a variety of reasons and that’s ok because like I said there’s a billion other people on tumblr posting about politics. You can reblog their posts to help your politics reach more audiences or to endorse them, or read them to educate yourself, you don’t have to leave your own body of work on this poorly designed website with a bad logo. Anybody who’s like “why aren’t you leftist-posting more, my good bro” or w/e, and who seeds those ideas into you despite yourself, is not good for you, imo.
Nowadays I’m not exactly a ball of sunshine but it’s great that I feel like I can be more myself and that I don’t have to hold the rhetorical battleline all the time or mold myself into the perfect fit of specific cliques or whatever. I can just blog.