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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Enough Already!!

I just cut into a melon that looked very nice on the outside. They're in the store in groves right now and everyone is buying them. If they were blogs, they'd be up there in the ecosystem with links a-plenty!

This particular melon was bitter and disgusting. Its home is now in my compost pile, with a small bite remaining in my belly to be digested. Perhaps the seeds will form a new, less disgusting, community, perhaps not.

I've been revisiting blogs since I've been back, much as I revisit melons in summer. Daintly Dirty wrote about a blogger who threw herself on the compost pile leaving behind one sentence; "Take very good care of you". It's an interesting discussion of the blog community. I often wonder why someone vanishes without explanation.

Tish and Ray initially pointed me to dd's discussion, and Tish has furthered the discussion on her page, discussing one question in particular, "What do bloggers owe each other?"

As I continued my stroll through the melon patch I stumbled into another bitter melon. Wampum has departed to the compost pile with a final troubling addendum. She is someone I will truly miss, a gentle soul with a sharp mind. Her addendum will only be posted for a few days at the link I give. She speaks of the reluctance of our community to say 'enough already' and points to 'crap like this'. (originating blog posted below in update, no perma link, but you'll get the idea) I see she found an exceptionally bitter melon dressed in blogger's clothing and stuffed with pasta. What I see is venomous, more bitter than a rotting melon. Do I feel I owe Wampum something? I feel I do. I feel that a community even a virtual community, needs to support and act with kindness. When there is a bad melon it shouldn't be rewarded with links, no matter how many people want to pucker-up, taste and attempt to digest the venom. That's what it's after.

Wampum writes: If any one of our blogging community attacked another due to their race, gender or sexual orientation, we'd never sit by and let it happen.
If we do not safeguard against prejudice in our own midst, we run the risk of losing our credibility when we call the opposition to the mat.
UPDATE 2 Enough it wasn't. I added more here.
posted by Cyndy | link | | |


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