Thanks so much for writing this up, Daniel! Sadly, I think I contributed a lot to your frustration by having a conversation start, and then having to jump into other life things without having it finish. I certainly didn’t intend to be dismissive in our conversation. I just had to run off to handle other life “stuff.”
For what it’s worth, I totally agree with the spirit of your post. After much more reading and research (thanks to you!), my personal plan is to stop registering new .io domains.
For my existing .io domains, I’ll be setting up an annual contribution to support the Chagossian people in larger amounts to help transform them into positive impact.
As the original author of the comment about depression and anxiety, I want you to know I stand behind that comment. I got myself into deep trouble by going down rabbit holes where every action I’ve taken (products I’ve purchased, movies I’ve watched, music I have listened to, every little thing in the world) ends up connected to something harmful. It’s a complicated, and yes, political world. I strongly believe in being thoughtful and cautious with my actions, but I won’t do the world any good if I descend into depression and become paralyzed to act. I have to choose my battles.
Thanks again for writing this up, Daniel, and know that your personal advocacy was helpful to me in understanding how I can fit into the larger context of making a positive impact on the world!