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“Please” and “Thank you”. Charity work and workshops. Suggestions and DIY advice. The people in our community are generally regarded as polite, helpful, and caring. Most hotels comment that steampunk events have the best behaved attendees, and don’t leave the venue trashed afterward. People are more than willing to share their experience and expertise in doing or creating something. When people are in need, there are fundraisers and other call-to-arms.
Steampunk as a guiding or shaping philosophy makes our lives better by emphasizing the positive actions and traits which benefit others and society as a whole. Imagine how the world would be when people who needed assistance knew that someone could and would help them. How would general interactions be if everyone acted with civility, even humility. What would a society be like where people were more focused on giving? What would it be like if people worked to resolve issues with the goal of acceptance, understanding, and inclusion?
Our steampunk stories often emphasize the value of a person, and the difference that they can make. They show us how a person can be anything they want to be, regardless of gender, class, orientation, or any other label someone might want to use. The young people of this world can read our steampunk stories and find role models, discover aspirations, and reject limits that other people want to impose on them.
Our collective culture is about creation. Ultimately, the attitude is working toward something, not against something. Some may call it semantics, or reframing the situation, but it has to do with intent and energy. Even if the end result is the same, are we trying to create something, or tear something down?
Each of us lives out lives according to some grouping of beliefs and ideals. How is steampunk part of those for you, or how do they influence your steampunk philosophy?