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Daily News and Prayer is inspired by The Christian Science Monitor, one of the most important (and most underappreciated) newspapers in the world. Posts are usually (but not always) responses to articles in the Monitor about events and trends that call for prayer.

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The Internet and moral law

Considering the verbal mayhem that explodes all too often on the Internet, sensible traffic laws there are as needed as they are on the highway. There's a good article in The Christian Science Monitor about it today.

But laws can only slow down the nastiness. They can’t stop it altogether.

What’s needed is a different level of thinking. That’s one reason the Monitor exists, to help change human thought for the better. Millions of individual moral decisions to chain emotions like hatred, envy and lust (the word is almost old-fashioned, but the problem is not) have power to transform collective human thought, even in a place as chaotic as the Web.

What is going to give people the incentive to control their emotions on the Internet instead of giving them free reign? One thing, of course, is fear of being caught. That’s where law comes in. But a stronger incentive than fear is love, the unselfish, non-sensual kind.

Instead of visiting a website like Twitter, posting a tweet or two, reading a few more, perhaps tsk-tsking at the mindlessness of a lot of what you see, then moving on to some other activity, take the time to think how you can add weight on the right side of the scale of thoughtfulness. Maybe post a generous comment about what someone has done. Maybe retweet an unusually civil tweet in the midst of a raging storm of vitriol. Maybe don't post something when you feel your own anger rising. The Golden Rule, basically.

Getting the drunk drivers of cyberspace off the Internet is essential for public safety. There's a rising awareness that we all have to fight back against the trolls. Let's keep alert on the back roads of our own thought. We can change the moral tone on the Web, one word and one picture at a time.

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