Something Worth Reading at Ulrich's Inferno
As you will note, I contributed a rather long comment to that post. And I decided - what the hell, why not make it into a CF post. So, you'll see it both there, and here:
"...I had no idea. I thought they were clueless, but it turned out that I was the clueless one."
Ha! Sometimes life does hand us those little ironic surprises, eh? Life is funny that way, isn't it? ;-)
That said, let me add that I have been noticing rather similar things - at least as far as my enquiries go. (I had an interesting chat with a young guy just about a week ago, along much the same lines that you have sketched!)
"I originally started blogging because I thought I had to help get the message out. I was wrong. The message is out there, and a lot of men out there have heard it or figured things out themselves. I don't see much point in continuing since I honestly don't have much to contribute."
Hey, don't sell yourself short - you might have more to contribute than you realize! Take a breather, recharge your battery, and let fresh data percolate into your reservoir. Then come back to share your fresh inspirations!
I agree that the awareness is out there. However, it is "silent", as you suggest. And what does this silence signify? It signifies that people are not YET talking to each other passionately and energetically - which signifies in turn that they aren't yet fully aware of each other. But then, why should they be? After all, the "silence" is deafening. One sees, that's logical!
However, what you have said (combined with observations of my own) would seem to indicate that the logic of events is moving toward a critical mass or critical threshhold of some sort.
And THAT...is exciting indeed!
By the way, you can also gauge the present change in the wind by lurking around and sampling the buzz at the various feminist blogs. Listen closely to what they are talking about and HOW they are talking about it. They too, are detecting the things of which you speak. They too, are sensitive barometers - and you can learn a lot by "reading" them! ;-)
Personally, I think that folk such as us bloggers need to continue getting the word out and....FANNING THE FLAMES. We need to keep "shovelling the gravel" as the MGTOW people would say. The more we do so, the faster we shall arrive at that critical tipping point of collective awareness - after which all hell will break loose! (Oh the fun!!) ;-}
(After all, it's difficult to know exactly how MUCH of the present growth of awareness is due to our efforts. Possibly a lot more than we suspect - these things can have multiplier effects that are difficult to measure!)
As for myself, I am feeling tired and burnt out! This occupation takes a toll - physically, mentally, spiritually! However, I don't intend to retire from blogging for a good while yet. Reason being: I have at least 10 big substantial blog articles buzzing around in the job queue in my brain, waiting to be written. And I feel like I owe it to somebody to bring this work into the light of day. Don't ask me why, but that is just the way I feel! Who can say why?
Anyway, I do hope you'll keep your blog on line, and at least drop by for an update from time to time - even if it's just a quick note every six weeks or so! :-)
All the best;