|Welcome to the thread. As I'm sure you are all aware, on SI politics can often lead to unpleasantness. On this thread there are people from all over the political spectrum, and I'd like to make sure we can all remain here, and all remain calm...friendly, even. So, let's leave the political maifestos at the door. I know we're all attached to our politics, I know I am to mine- but it isn't the only thing I want to talk about. That doesn't mean we can't post an article about the politics of a director, or post a link to a political film- but it does mean there will be no arguing of politics on this thread, and especially, ESPECIALLY, no pejorative adjectives hurled at the left or the right, or people who are presumed to be left or right- in other words absolutely no name calling. It just doesn't make for a pleasant world. On this thread, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Trolls coming here just to stir up trouble, or those who come here to entertain their compatriots on other threads, will be reprimanded- but I would ask everyone here to decline from insulting them. My own preference is to simply ignore them. Without any attention paid to them they will doubtless return to the threads from whence they came. Their own behavior marks them for what they are- we have no need to comment further, once their behavior is exposed for what it is. There are threads for fighting- this will not be one of them.|
"Nothing is worth more than this day. "
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Out beyond ideas of wrong doing and right doing, there is a field; I'll meet you there."
"to be alive becomes the fundamental luck each ordinary, compromising day manages to bury"
"At certain moments, always unforseen, I become happy... I look at the strangers near as if I had known them all my life... everything fills me with affection... It may be an hour before the mood passes, but lately I seem to understand that I enter upon it the moment I cease to hate. "
- William Butler Yeats
I love this quote:
You will find that silence or very gentle words are the most exquisite revenge for insult.
Author: Judge Hall
moderation is arbitrary and capricious- as it is on all moderated threads
only on this one
I say it up front :-)
so you know
Freedom of association- it's important. It gives us the right to associate with folks we find congenial. That's a good thing. Let me make this very very simple, if your posts are nice, you will be able to post here, if they are not, you won't. If you are nasty to me, here or elsewhere on SI, you won't be talking to me here. What I can't figure out is why some of you don't get that nasty just isn't fun to be around. You can get your blood pressure up with fighting, to be sure, but some people get tired of that sort of ritual combat after years of it. Let it go boys (and girls)- and leave me alone. If you've been nasty, that's why you can not post here. Freedom in America does not mean you have the freedom to trash people as much as you want AND you then have the right to force your company on the people you have trashed. Think about this going forward, and either be nicer to people, or understand that there are consequences to bad behavior.
Happy People versus Angry People: