Listening to every heart
I'm going to hijack my own thread. I believe I'm allowed to do so.
First of all, I'm going to apologize for the following:
1. For not reading about or doing research on and/or doing a thorough background of an individual who strikes me favorably, even if from a forwarded email from a trusted friend;
2. And I will probably never again [note, probably] base an Alley thread on an emotional front;
3. Nor will I ever post a thread in the Alley without giving it more than an emotional basis; i.e., thinking it through [note the difference from above];
4. Nor will I give my PiP friends the idea that I might be insensitive [when speaking from the heart on basically and only on one point, especially when I didn't consider how the rest of the message might hit them]
For you see, I am not an intolerant jerk who doesn't believe that all religions might not coincide and reside by one another peacefully - it could be done, it can be done...respectfully, with consideration and tolerance and understanding.
Ironically, I have been learning from this thread. I thought I had posted this commentary strictly as a kudo to someone I admit I do not know, but to which I will admit to admiring his one point in fact, of the building of anything over Ground Zero, which bothered me greatly. Still, I didn't take into consideration the other points that he was making, and that could be considered, "my bad". However, I did listen to the entire feature and didn't turn it off in the middle or near middle or the first two minutes. I listened all the way through. My bad was in not thinking it through all the way on how it would affect everyone on this site, and most particularly those folk who frequent the Alley.
I actually thought I might be doing a service.
You see, I'm still greatly distressed, personally, by the ill manners we, as a nation, portrayed to the American Native decades ago, and on many levels.
I am only "native American" by way of generational progression. I am a Heinz 57 variety human. There is so much about my own heritage I can't point out, but God Bless the US, should I run for government, I'm pretty sure there would be a whole slew of folk out there who could factor in my heritage that I would either be worthy, or not, of running for office.
That being said, I won't apologize for posting the link. I will apologize, however, if I offended anyone from my short-sightedness of not researching the speaker, his origins, his right for saying what he wants to say, and that alleged fact that he may be an atheist is not yet something I've researched, but if some of you say so? Well, then, it could probably be true.
What I will stick by to, like oatmeal on a spoon, is the thought in this day and age of a ceremonial site being given over to any church/religion. It is the City of New York's site, and yes, I guess they, with the factors and politicians who are governing the city, well, they can do as they please, but it strikes me wrong that any New Yorker who considers themselves an American who suffered such a slaughter should allow ANY faction, religious or otherwise, to park their butts over this monument of loss.
I know for a fact that various American Indian sites that have been showcased as an archeological site over the more insensitive years have been closed down. I live very close to such a site. Very close.
To those who might have thought for a brief moment that I don't tolerate all religions, please know that the brief instant you thought that was my error in my wording in the original post. It was my point, although not briefed well, that nothing other than a remembrance to those lost on that site, should be the only building of monuments erected.
Now, if I can just have a quick swift kick in the behind if I ever again ignore the rules I set above for myself from any of my friends before I ever post in the Alley again, I give you my profuse thanks ahead of time. Not that I won't post...but I will make sure I do my research ahead of time.
P.S. I also noted, just before I posted this thread, that some folk among us are now actually thinking how this link might have hit me...
And I thank them for posting their thoughts.
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (07-11-2010 12:01 AM).]