The Art Music forum had 2524 simultaneous "users" (i.e. registered users or "guests") yesterday. And earlier today 768 simultaneous users. I wonder what is causing that? Presumably some kind of machine; is it evil/malevolent I wonder? The rate of new registrations there is unchanged at about two per week; by no means all of those contribute posts.
I suspect that we shall be fighting cyberwars just as much as real wars in the twenty-first century, Gerard. My experience, to be honest, is that there is a surprising amount of malice on the world wide web.
It can be quite shocking, on occasion. The best bet, in my opinion, is simply to be careful, and not to become dependent on online communications. Switch off your computer, Gerard, go outside and take a walk!
Mr. Collins is a professor somewhere in northern america, and he has written in to remind kleines c and others of Dostoyeffsci's famous observation that "the more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular." What D. meant by that I am not quite sure. . . .
Do members love humanity in general, or man in particular, or both, or neither, or all four cases at different times?