[bct] Re: From the moderator

  • From: "Rick Harmon" <rickharmon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 May 2006 18:20:09 -0400

MessageHi Ray,

I doubt Chris had anything to do with the spoofing.   Yes we all need to step 
back and take a breather here.



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- Helen Keller, 1925

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Ray Foret Jr. 
  To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 6:15 PM
  Subject: [bct] Re: From the moderator

  Now look, I'm not going to take sides in this; but, y'all, Neal is absolutely 
correct.  I know what it is to be greatly dissolutioned with people; both blind 
and sighted.  I know what it is to be deeply hurt by people I thought were good 
friends.  I know what it is to be burned by people in whom you deeply confide.  
I know the terrible empty feeling you have deep in your sould when the person 
whom you get to know causes you to believe that you are their soul mate only to 
discover that they were just playing you for a fool!!!  I don't know who did 
what to this person; but, look, I think quite frankly, that compassion is what 
is called for here; and, in equal frankness, it's a two way thing.  If you want 
to get compassion, it's usually more effectively gotten if you first give it.  
I can tell you as a fact that e-mails can so easily lead to terrible 
misunderstandings which can, in extreme cases, cause the loss of good 
friendships.  Suppose we all just take a step back from the brink and look at 
what's really happening here.  It's quite clear that the e-mails which 
contained profanity were spoofs.  I must at once admit, however, that at the 
first, I didn't suspect this.  However, upon second thought, it's just so out 
of Rick's usual good character to say stuff like that that I'm going to have, 
at least provisionally, to agree with Tiffany's assessment of the situation; 
however, with the understanding that I too hope most sincerely that I am wrong 
in this.  If Chris is truly hurt by what ever things have been said to or 
against him on this list, surely, it does not help his cause to go about 
spoofing other people's e-mails now does it?  Why, of course not.  I must add, 
though, that I do understand that the utter desperation and terrible emptiness 
which being dissolutioned with people can cause one to do some extremely stupid 
things.  It can, and often does, leave one with a terrible empty feeling of 
loneliness which can cause a person to want to act in ways they would not 
normally think of.  Worse yet, when a person gets this way, they also get to 
where they are even more empty and dissolutioned because they know in the 
deepest part of their hearts that they either cannot or will not do those 
things.  Chris, if you are still reading this, don't go down that road.  If you 
don't pull back from the brink, it will be even worse for you.  Let us not 
loose site of our purpose on this list; which, I believe, is to talk about 
things related to the "Blind Cool Tech" podcast, and just to have fun with each 
other.  Let me tell you my strategy for dealing with stuff I don't like.  If 
someone on this list says something to which I ever took offense, I'd tell them 
privately and not make a public seen out of it.  

      Okay.  That's the first part.  Now, here's the second.  every one of us, 
at one time or another, throws a pity party just because we're blind.  It 
happens to the best and the worst of us.  I am not suggesting that this is what 
Chris is up to; nor, you should understand, am I making excuses for him.  If, 
however, there is something wrong, it needs to be dealt with in a mature 
manner.  Throwing around messages like what I've been seeing of late is not a 
helpful way to solve what ever the problem may be.  

  Sincerely yours,
  The Constantly Barefooted,
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Neal Ewers 
  To: Bct 
  Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2006 3:26 PM
  Subject: [bct] From the moderator

  OK friends, we know that there is someone who feels hurt by things that have 
been said or not said on this list.  Given that people's feelings can be hurt 
by unkind words, I see no reason for continuing to pursue this thread if the 
only thing you have to say is too bad good riddance.  Let's all prove that we 
can be compassionate, caring people and stop throwing stones just because 
someone threw one at us.  After all, it is a virtual email stone and I doubt 
that any of us have been mortally wounded by it.  So, let's set an example of 
kindness here and stop throwing stones.

  thank you all.


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