Member Rara Avis
So, Ron, is OPEN now to be essentially a squeeky clean religious oriented forum?
Kacy, there's nothing inherently religious (or even spiritual, Susan) about visiting Disneyland. It's good, clean fun for people who don't want to spend all their money in bars or all their time chasing yet another titillation. I don't think there's necessarily anything religious about going to a Little League ball game in the afternoon, either, or watching a sunset alone save for the buzz of dragonflies and the chortle of mourning doves wandering randomly through the yard. You don't have to pray before going to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. No one is going to force you into a confessional for spending an hour or two reading Robert Frost to ailing strangers at a local hospital and I doubt you have to be baptized before playing underhand catch with a favorite grandchild. Cleanliness may, indeed, be next to godliness, but that hardly makes them the same thing. Confusing decorum with devotion only suggests a poor understanding of both.
Do I want to spend every day at Disneyland or the museum? Nope. But I won't let Hustler and Hooters take those options away from me, either, nor do I intend to spend all my time with people who only know how to think with the smaller parts of their anatomy. I need more than that in my life and, frankly, I believe there are others who feel the same way. Those who have no room in their lives for Disney, Little League, or Robert Frost are free to find other venues. I won't miss them.
BTW, Kacy, I think you'll find that in the Alley sarcasm and farce always flow in many directions and rarely go anywhere useful. Yes, things used to be different a couple years back, but that was less a matter of tolerance and more one of trust. I could trust the majority of people back then to set their own boundaries and, honestly, I was only rarely disappointed. Most of them even knew how to spell squeaky. While many of those who helped found the forums are still here, they no longer represent a majority, and we are left with far too many who would rather push the boundaries of taste than push themselves to be better writers.
And Ron? I think you are referring to Insights? Yes, I suppose what you say it true. I am just caught up in what feels like a slow death in open.
Susan, if Open no longer offers what you need or want you should certainly try to find something else that does. It won't be without effort, of course, whether you decide to try another forum here or another web site elsewhere, but then very little of real value ever comes without effort. No forum, and indeed no web site, is going to be for everyone, nor do I think that should even be a goal.
Open Poetry, and our other forums that eschew sex and swearing, are for one audience. Mature Content is for another. They need not be exclusionary, of course, and I suspect many of us will choose to enjoy both, but ultimately, the choice of venue has to be made by the individual.
That's what it all comes down to, Susan. Choice. You have to make a choice so that others can make a choice.