I pause now for Station Identification, and a reality check  

AnEnigma517 59M
243 posts
11/21/2005 9:24 am

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I pause now for Station Identification, and a reality check

Remember that old Art Linkletter TV show… where he interviewed kids? I think he even wrote a book about it called “Kids Say The Darndest Things” Well, I’ve discovered just now that some grown-ups say the rudest things.

I spotted the following comment to one of my posts, and it stunned me. Stunned NOT stung. I just wasn’t expecting this from someone here. Okay, so I’m not on the “Most Popular” list (and neither is he), and to tell the truth, it really wouldn’t hurt my feelings if I never made it there. (Might hurt his if he never gets there.) And maybe that’s why this person chose to insult me… I guess he figured he could do it without embarrassing me too much. (Aw, how nice!) I don’t think this comment was there for very long because it was the only one posted at the time. I deleted it, but not because I was embarrassed, but because I knew that if I had acted on my first impression, which was to slam-dunk the asshole, he would have been embarrassed. Big time!

Anyway, I figured I’d deal with this in a more mature manner. I copied and pasted it here (without his handle--one of those boastful kind of things regarding his no-doubt fantasy expertise with a certain part of the female anatomy, oh, and a faceless dick-pic) as an example of what I consider inappropriate (if not, childish) behavior, and as a prelude to my own (and maybe yours, too) thoughts on the subject:

Yo dude you a sick and twisted pervert. Is that why you don’t have a picture? You afraid will reconise you as Chester the Molestor!!!! LOL
Go away pervert before we throw you away.

Yep. I could have had some fun slamming that one, not so much for the insult but for his obvious lack of respect for the English language! But, that’s just not part of who I am. I’m not a spiteful person. What I am, though, is true to myself. I’ve come to realize over the last 48 and a half years that I wasn’t put on this planet to please other people. I’m a firm believer in Honest Abe’s philosophy--“can’t please all of the people all of the time yada yada yada”--and when it comes to my writing, I certainly didn’t begin my profession with the knowledge or understanding that I needed anyone’s permission to write what I felt like writing about. (And even if such a requirement had been known, I would have most likely thumbed my nose at it.) If at the end of the day I’ve made it through another 24 hours without intentionally hurting someone, or getting hurt myself, then I count that as another accomplishment and consider myself blessed to be in the skin I’m in.

We’re all entitled to our own uniqueness and diverse opinions. (Part of those “unalienable rights” that the founding fathers promised us.) But having those rights also infers a degree of responsibility. Before putting the mouth (or typing hands) in motion people should try to get the mind engaged in the right gear, and consider the “Golden Rule” when considering their rights to express themselves: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

In other words: some folks may not like how I exercise my right to write what I want to write, and that’s okay. I can only hope that they can keep their rights to express insulting comments to themselves.

Whew! I’m glad to get all that garbage off my plate. Maybe now I can get back to what I like doing and what I think I’m good at. Stay Tuned! My sensory perception of things went into overdrive as you’ll see in T.C.#5

P.S. And no, my name isn’t Chester. And I don’t post with a picture of myself because I just don’t feel like doing that just yet! A self-portrait is irrelevant to my character, and besides, I’m not really searching for anyone here and not expecting anyone here to be searching for me! (But then again, who knows. Sometimes the best treasures are the buried ones... the one's we find when we're not looking for them.)

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
11/21/2005 1:41 pm

on here as in life there are plenty of toss pots,who knows why they intentionally go out to offend and hurt people,i've given up trying to think why, look at it this way if there picking on you,there leaving someone else alone and that other person may not be able to handle it in such a mature manner,so in effect your helping thats how i look at it,just dlete them from your blog and more iportant from your mind.

I'm a

i'm here to stay

AnEnigma517 59M

11/21/2005 8:10 pm

Thanks Ms.Papryina! You've just helped me through this little thing in a big way...

highlandtigress 36F
3 posts
11/23/2005 2:22 pm

I don't think it's a bad thing that you don't have a pic of yourself....I didn't have one up for a very long time.....and nobody could understand why I didn't. I was just not ready to put one up...I figured if someone could take the time to get to know me and not be worried about JUST looks then they were a pretty good person.....I think it's cool you haven't put one up....

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