QUOTE (jerelkerby @ May 9 2012, 03:22 PM)
(snipped) Who among you will be coming to EE this year? I would like for all of us to sit down over coffee and soda and each tell a good story about SE's, related or Arabian's in general. No opinions and face to face with an appreciation of another on a better level. Maybe, just maybe I won't seem so bad either and all for Karin be nice to each other. We could call it "The Karin Way". (snipped) Use your heart and soften with a kindness that is within you... it is there ...... use it more and argue less.....it always spirals out of control...
I will be at the Event this year Jerel and will look you up. It will be nice to chit chat over a soda while sitting on an overstuffed sofa. Maybe we can discuss my interest in purchasing this forum.
As far as being nice to one another, this is a much more difficult task because too often, the simple sharing of an opinion (as I have on this thread) results in an onslaught of personal attacks. My question to you is, is this forum encouraging discussion that offers more than one point of view, which might stimulate growth (be it personal or knowledge based)? Is it able to tolerate opinions that may differ from others (or more popular opinions) while moderating those who personally attack those posters whose opinions differ from their own?
The world watches as Hansi, who is an icon in the breed that has not failed to offer her strong opinion on topics she is well-suited to speak on, be impugned by a few for every little slip. It is clear they take a good amount of pride in chastising her for the words she sometimes misuses or misunderstands. Whatever she could offer of value is minimized and sacrificed for their own personal gratification - instead of holding up her frailty gently and helping her get her point across clearly, thus helping everyone overcome the language barriers that an international forum presents. This is a woman who should be held up in honor for the education she willingly shares for the masses instead of picked apart by a few who use the fact that English is her second language and the fact that she has been on this earth for a very, very long time against her at every opportunity. I'll bet they would hope someone would not treat their aged mother the way they treat her. I am sad to say that until the day comes where due respect is given to all opinions, this forum, like so many others, will be the play yard for those who insist the world only turns their way and chips away at the happy veneer of others who think differently.
Nevertheless, your efforts, Karin's efforts are appreciated. Will see you in June.
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