Re: "To Know Is To Understand"

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Posted by Kate on September 19, 1999 at 21:21:58:

In Reply to: posted by on September 19, 1999 at 10:38:24:

Dear Rich,

I was truly saddened to read your 'post' this evening! This 'time difference' thing means I'm always way behind everyone else in reading the news - good or bad. This may make me seem slow and/or just too indifferent to respond. But - that is just not so! Like everyone in Mohicanland, I care very much that you felt you had to write what you did.

I recognize the sound of someone feeling very dispirited, very tired and very hurt and I understood everything you were saying. Like Marcia et al, it breaks my heart to think that through yours and Elaine's hard work, persistence and patience - not to mention your caring attitudes, your willingness to share information, your humour and the many other very fine qualities you both posses, you built up a site to be proud of - and that very success you achieved has resulted in so much pain for you. For it is envy and jealousy of this very successful site that is the root of this evil. It just doesn't seem fair, does it?!

Of course, you know that all Mohicanland is behind you, wants to support you and help in any way they can. However, we understand that this just isn't enough. It is not us that are the targets in the firing line and it is not us who must deal with the poison that filters through into your email box on a daily basis. Therefore, it can only be you who decides how to stop this poison spreading and spilling through into your lives and your family.

I know little about computers, emailing, websites, etc., so I am not qulified to offer advice or options on how to stop unwanted comments getting onto the Board - and therefore, into your life. Others have done that and made a far better job of it than I ever could. So, I will just add my own little postscript, for what it is worth.

The Board is a very special one - a place for making wonderful friendships, exchanging ideas and information, having a laugh and relating to others through a common denominator. No matter where we live, what we do for a living, what persuasion we are or where we stand on certain issues, our love for the film LOTM has connected us all. Through that connection we have formed a special relationship that allows us to become a part of each others' lives, ie. the birth of a baby, another (heaven forbid!!) birthday, extreme worry when one/many of us are in harm's way (Floyd)!! Some of us are closer to our Mohican family than we are to our own blood ties!! As we grow in this family (and the family keeps growing!), we grow spiritually, too. With so many people posting so many different points of view, we learn patience, tolerance and learn to be less limited in our outlook on many different issues. We've grown educationally too! So many clever people out there, just dying to tell us what they know about their 'subject' - and so many other people just dying to hear about it!

But all this only came about through you and Elaine. Every one of us knows that and that is why, if we are to lose all that we shared, we will support that decision, if that is what it is to be. All the above is extremely valuable to us all - BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR WELL BEING!! NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR HAPPINESS! NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR PEACE OF MIND! Keeping the site going is one HUGE job - we all know that! And at this moment, you find it hard to keep believing that it is worthwhile. To keep getting kicked in the teeth by some 'unknown' assailants, to get knocked down every time you get up - is it worth it? Well, only you can say. But - we understand what has brought you to this way of thinking and we will back you up always!! You are both very special to us. You know that, I think. We have great admiration and respect for all that you have done and continue to do. And it is through that respect for you both that we post and let you know you have our support - in whatever decision you reach.

As Marcia says, the thought of the Bad Guys winning is more than I, too, can bear. But ...

No matter what occurs!!
Your friend,

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