I sensed it again today. That which I have been searching for, though I can't describe it, at least I don't think so.
I was continuing my observations and readings of various fandom forums and the like when the internet habit known as The Drift led me to a topic on what was apparently about a Hentai, an adult anime. The users in the topic were discussing what they liked or didn't like about it and the various absurdities of it that which are common in this kind of media. What they were mainly discussing were concepts that are discussed in all forms of anime, the quality of the animation, writing, concepts, voice acting and et cetera. Some liked this and that others disagreed and so on. It was at this time I felt it.
So what does this mean? What is it that I am feeling? This sensation nibbling at my back and bits of my brain?
I can throw an extremely well educated guess, since I am getting pretty good at understanding my brain.
I surmise that what I'm sensing is an absurdity, a problem, a knot so to speak. There are all these little groups on the internet, some small, some big. Each group no matter the size has something they collectively like or show interest in, and such groups often have a collective hate, that which they oppose or strongly disagree with.
While many of the receivers of the collective hate (debatebly) deserve it, others don't and those undeserving are often picked as a target purely because they are different. I hate that.
That random group of posters discussing an episode of a hentai could be called the impure anime fans compared to the non-adult anime watchers. I've read what has been said about such impure individuals by the self proclaimed "pure" anime fans. What they say are all stereotypes and nothing more. There was little true difference between the two groups aside from the content they were discussing. But that one little detail gives them enough of a reason to hate them.
DIFFERENT= SOMETHING WE SHOULD HATE
My fucking GOODNESS, do you hear that? That statement has been stomped into many if not all of our minds over and over and over again since the beginning our existence and if anything is true it's not that.
As we grow up, I'd like to think that most grow out of this manner of thinking, but as the general media has proven, in more ways than one, even some of the maturest of individuals still possess this manner of thinking.
So what do we do about this? How does this problem get solved?
I don't know, I really just don't know.
But this whole thing has re-confirmed some facts:
"People can use any little reason to hate another."
"People can be so very blind in the worst of ways."
It's just as a very wise hell-spawn once said:
"You humans are so stupid. You're technology has the power to bring you so much closer to one another and yet you have never been farther apart."
Hmm. Far too complex an issue for any single person to solve....
"Finish what you started human!" - Kamaji from Spirited Away