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#1963: From one of the silent listmembers (fwd)
I have to admit I'm happy about Bob's decision to cut down on personal
I am one of the more silent list members. I used to write more when I first
joined a few years ago but then I began to weigh the "consequences" of my
posts. For example, I had a sweet yet relevant anecdote that I wanted to
share with the list just after this past Christmas. I thought it would make
a nice contribution. But the more I thought about it the more I anticipated
all the underlying ideas that people would extract from my otherwise innocent
post. In the end I decided not to post it. Being one of the "lightweights"
on the list, I have to admit to not having the tough skin that is sometimes
needed of listmembers.
One the other hand, I have to say I really enjoy all the exchange of ideas.
Rarely is such openness possibly, especially in such a politically correct
United States. And I commend the "heavyweights" like Guy Antoine who are
willing to put themselves out there time and time again for the sake of
discussion and idea exchange. I feel, too, that contributors like Richard
Morse, from inside Haiti, have really added a much needed perspective to this
otherwise diaspora list.