The story is out and the comments are flooding into my mailbox. Here’s what I find so fascinating: not one of the 85 or so I’ve received so far today is negative. But I guarantee you that if Boston.com enabled the comment option on the online version of the story, the bottom dwellers would take over and flood the comments with their venom.
A couple emailers asked about enabling comments. I absolutely see the value in them and I want to see the conversation continuing. I even spoke with the Globe about the possibility, as I’m the one who first requested they be turned off. But even they decided against it. One editor said: “I wish I had more faith in our commenters than I do, but their track record has proven otherwise.”
It all comes down to this: when people can comment anonymously, they’ll say anything. It’s sad. And all that negative energy. Ugh.
So, focusing on the positive, and I will write back each person who emailed, thank you all for your kind words. More than anything, I’m moved by the stories of others I’m hearing, and by the people whose hearts and minds are expanding on this very day. Lina and I could not ask for more.