The written word is powerful. The fact that it is so dang easy to communicate poorly online should be more terrifying than it actually is.
Maybe it’s too convenient to communicate in writing now.
Think about it; For thousands of years, putting thoughts to paper so someone else could read it took real effort. Stone tablets, papyrus, animal skins… even the relatively recent advent of typewriter and paper had to be put in an envelope and mailed before someone else saw it. Now, I just push these keys, click that button and *poof* off into the ether to be read seconds later and interpreted to mean something completely different than what I intended.
It’s freakin’ magic, and I’m pretty good at getting that negative end result as well.
My intentions are inevitably lost in translation somewhere. I say this but it’s taken as that. You are insulted; I am mortified. Thus, we dance.
So, what does it take? A little more effort? Maybe some more thought taken before hitting send? Clearer intentions?
I’m not sure.
I do know that I’ll continue to stumble through it and probably offend and apologize again and again. This is how we learn, by trial and failure and trial and possibly eventual success.
I guess I could always just stick to cat pictures.