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Creating a new platform is hardly the same as lamenting… if the intention is to leverage an inspiration, not to fight a sense of loss.
The inspiration stems from observing that a few people benefited from an online community which was a lot more edited / moderated than most groups on social media.
Maybe there's not only inspiration but also lessons to draw from g+ though.
There's value in
strongly rejecting unjustified and contextless “my school / tradition is the best”;
having a moderation policy favouring a high signal/noise ratio;
having a space not invaded by adverts;
having a space where privacy is treated seriously…
And there's such a thing as the ‘culture’ of any given group, and a community built around serious content will end up creating a very difference experience for its members from that created by a community built around e.g. memes and fake Buddha quotes.
« why is it a big deal? »
Because isolation makes it harder, for most, to practice. Being humans, we're born social animals: alienation rarely helps us.
The Buddha understood as much when he stated that companionship is the whole of the holy, not half of it (upaḍḍha sutta, SN 45.2).
And, sure, it's better to strive alone, like a rhinoceros (horn), if good friends are not found (khaggavisāṇa sutta, Sn 1.3). But, as it happens, some people would consider that there existed a few ‘good’ (supportive, wholesome) friendships on g+.
So the whole question is: do we stay indifferent in the face of impermanence, or do we stay mindful of the difference between indifference and equanimity, do we cultivate the fourfold “right effort” and do we strive to improve the world (e.g. leveraging any inspiration we might get from having observed admirable friendships)?
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