Before I/You/We Move On

It’s extraordinarily hard to convey even the simplest emotions using text. Typed letters, words, punctuation, sentences, paragraphs are a far cry from actual person to person(s) communication. (Even the page has disappeared in the blog medium, replaced by “Posts.”) So, first, take with a grain of pepper the words and work for the meaning–or ask!–if things get confusing. And it’s usually not on the surface.

That being said, I/We’ve been going round and round about the first-person narrative of a blog. First-person is what is assumed. And this is not being written by committee. I/We have revised the first “page” back and forth between I and We and I/We. But this can turn out to be a particularly ego-driven medium, by its nature. So my first thoughts were to never use “I” and even to try to avoid context.

But that’s too damn hard.

I am going to revert to simply I from now on–we haven’t even gotten into gender pronouns, yeesh!–but it should be made clear that there is no I without a We (or even You, especially in this or any Communications/Entertainment medium).

All “I”s are a collective. Every I depends on a mostly unvoiced, unrecognized crew of characters, maintaining the structure so the I actor can perform–and that is just the body. But the I can’t exist without the environment, and there are lots of “We”s and “You”s implied there, maintaining the stage/scene.

‘Nuf said, right? When I say “I” I mean I/We at minimum (not Royal We at that either). Just recognizing none of us, ha!, are alone or indivisible.