Web 2.0 pundits are fond of citing the community-bulding properties that their technologies enable. All well and good, and we must take the negative (flaming, personal attacks, hype, blatant self-promotion, etc.), with the positive.
Here is a wonderful example of good, although the underlying reasons are anything but: Robert Scoble's recent blogging about his mother's severe stroke and his feelings and actions as his mom nears the end of her life. Passionate and heartfelt renderings by Robert, with solid support and concern from his colleagues both in and out of the blogosphere.
I have endured similar situations in my life, and will do so again with other loved ones. It is a sad and perhaps desperate time, but I've always found that tremendous strength and insight is always gained in times like this - whether realized at the time or at a later point. It also happens (at least to me) when I read or hear about the trials of others in a similar situation, and I felt that way reading Robert's dialog about his family's prediciment.
The community is working as it should in this case - positive and supportive. Reading Robert's words on his blog and the ensuing comments give me strength and hope that we are, deep down fundementally good and caring folk. Today will be a good day, and I hope that Robert and his family can see some good in this situation, and celebrate his mom's life as she did others.
Don't know if Robert will see this but if so: my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and thank you for the strength and hope that your words have given me, and hopefully others, in your time of loss. Godspeed.