Don't you all just love an opinionated Newbie to come in and stir things up now and then? I tend to do that. I also can't sincerely apologize for it either. I am just questioning.
I will appologize for where I may have overstepped the group's guidelines. Decipherring those guidelines has taken on a life of its own that was not my purpose. I have my preconcieved ideas of what attack, violence, abuse, cruelty, mean spirited, thoughtlessness, freudian slips, backhanded compliments and taking it the wrong way, all mean. I also draw a distinct line between action and thought, as well as if/when the recipient may deserve them or not. I am glad to have an unexpected chance to re-evaluate them. You're constructive criticism is more than welcome. The hypocritical finger pointing is not.
I have been gifted with innate wussyness, the classic wouldn't hurt a fly syndrome (not true, but I do put bugs outside or try to smack them accurately so they don't suffer). I have examined the aspirations of becoming a doormat in a few poems. I find ill tempered people sad and just plain mean ones, heaping negativity on their own head and I've no desire to add to it. Vengence is indeed the Lords and He's welcome to it. I dislike the anger it requires. Their justice is guaranteed with out me throwing any gas on their pilot light of a soul. And I don't know the full story... I do however calls 'em likes I sees 'em and let the chips fall away.
The idea that a thought of ruining my partners hideous flea market lamp (I wouldn't, thats mean) is equal to beating a child, is assinine to me. It is illogical and will serve no good to lump them together. Grasping that they are bad is a given. Stretching them to equally bad is an impossibility that will result not in less busted lamps...
I don't want to put anybody on the spot, but the work you do is crucial and life alterring and in the name of God. It ought to stand up to my uneducated observations. The real foe is a Hell of alot smarter and meaner than me, and he'll post MOVIES...
...and don't be too hard on yourselves. These are the kindest, most accomodating forums I have run across. The non-violent principles are doing thier job (dare I say it?), almost to a fault... I am new here, so chalk it up to ignorance, but: I personally think the President is terrifying. I resent him making me ashamed of my country. I am angry for the innocent people killed, for making torture plausible, for starting an unendable war with perpetuating enemies,for thinking the next attack here may serve us right, for bankrupting this country for decades to come and talking to the public like we are six years old, and mostly, for not being able to come up with ONE mistake he may have made. Laughing and mocking him through that photo is the least I feel justified in doing, God Bless whatever speck of a Soul he has left... (in no way do these views express the feelings of SoulForce, its members or partners, however much some of them agree. Just me blowing off some steam).