With the relaunch of iranian.com, a new beginning of sorts, I had vowed to not sink into the mire of what had plagued the previous iteration of this site, namely the bad mouthing and name calling, the vile and viciousness, and the all too unproductive discourse that we used to think is freedom of speech.
Absent of mutual respect, labelling, namecalling, and the general all too easy temptation of "Hal-Geery" has sadly been our main cultural trait.
Our "Nom de Fume" if you will. I had hoped it would be different this time around.
Recently on the inncentest of comments I made on the Persian/Asiatic Cheetah/Leopard story, I posted my own 2 cents. Which is my right. The MOST optimistic and innocent addiiotn to the largely educational information porvided. EASILY verified by the link I provided.
Yet a commentor, seeing and seizing the usual opportunity for exacting a scratch that might elicit the blood of a fellow Iranian that they were thirstily looking for, called me a "Pseudo Expert" with the snarky sarcastic supporting text to go with it.
As insults go, I've receieved far worse. Trust me. But that was then, and this was now. with the new site, the enw hope and so on, I had quietly prayed I would not see it re-appears. So Imagine my sadness when it did. Right on schedule, right on time, right on the very mark of a nerve it surgically intended to strike.
Folks, let us re-resolve in this new year approaching, NOT to resort to this kind of ugly and divisive tone. Let us give each other the benefit of the doubt. When one of us says something another thinks is wrong, definitely object to, and offer your counter opinion and correction whenever necessary, but please please please do so with the respect and courtesy that educated and proper adults in a civilized world normally afford each other.
Be polite. We will get much farther on the evolutionary curve that way.
I'm here, I'm not going anywhere, I'm certainly not going to storm off over one stupid comment.
But I thought (and had hoped) we had grown. This new site affords us the rare chance to develop that growth even more. Let us put aside the tempting put downs, and salacious oneupsmanship that has kept us from anti-dialoguing with each other sanley and productively.
Let us maintain our cool under scrutiny, our courage to counter-argue, and defend our convictions with passion BUT the courtesy and respect we would show our Mothers.
This is a "Door Moment". We can choose to stay on the old side, in the dark chamber of desperation, lashing out in a futile last gasp of self absorption. Or enter a bright new room full of hope, optimism, and the respect that positive future thinkers afford those brave enough to grasp the ring.
Happy Holidays, Happy New Year.