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"We go fight for our country, come home and get nothing."
I think NZ Bear's decision on this week's contest is fair and I believe his explanation is honest.
The whole "situation" this week has been unfortunate for everyone.
I feel badly for NZ Bear because he's worked so hard for this Ecosphere and now faces credibility questions about the accuracy of the very system for which he's struggled.
I feel worse for those few in the League of Liberals who actually believed their very reputation rested upon the outcome of this scenario.. which basically involved one blogger's questionable activities. I believe their hurt is just as real as anyone else's, even though I do not agree with their "flight" choice.
I hope NZ Bear and the one blogger in question will eventually reach some form of reconciliation.
I am amazed at some of the comments I've read from people impugning over 50 individual members of one group (LoL)...questioning the very character of individuals they do not even KNOW.. over the questions about the ONE blogger's
site-meter habits. Rushing to judgement of the many for the ONE..especially when there was only accusation..was, to me, about the least democratic and American thing some of you could have done.
And shame on 'the Commissar', whose total deception in entering the League of Liberals as an alleged "liberal" showed the least character of all. If any reputation is to be sullied, 'the Commissar' did that nicely...for himself.
His determined effort to cause a fracture in the league itself
caused a minor earthquake. If he takes satisfaction in this accomplishment, I think we need to wonder why. In my book, I call what he has accomplished nothing but outright cheating.
A blogger's virtual Linda Tripp. Only a person with the lowest character might take joy in such accomplishment-- through such tactics.
I wish Kynn the very best. Kriselda, too.
I regret they left the League in the haste and midst of worry over how they, alone, would be perceived. I'll miss them.
I had thought the spirit of a league was being committed to concentrating strength upon a common goal.
Now, IF the common goal of a league is ONLY to best the odds in an internet Showcase competition, I don't think it's the kind of league to which many of us would really wish to belong....do you?
I'm not demeaning TTLB in any way, but I would never leave a league of so many good and talented people over an unfortunate situation such as this. If anything, this unfortunate and challenging situation will help the League to prioritize their reason for being IN league...and will help clarify their common goal.
I, as one of the many League of Liberals, will not stand for the impugning of my reputation nor any of my fellows because of this "he said/he said" fiasco. I find the premise utterly ridiculous in the most universal sense.
Bottom line, I do not speak for the League itself, but I'm still personally willing to trust in NZ Bear and appreciate his work here. It's really quite marvelous..this creation of his. He'll tell you himself he's not perfect.
And that's understandable.
My hope is that the League of Liberals, as time progresses, will continue to be an asset to the promotion of new weblogs alongside our Conservative brethren.
Of course, that will take more than just our cooperation.
I wonder..is that YOUR hope...or do you just wish us to go away?
This should be an exercise of collegiality.
Anything less only makes it a futile exercise of distrust and irritation.
For all his work, I think that NZ Bear needs to know that we individually appreciate him and to understand that this IS his creation. Although he has not made the "rules" crystal-clear, he is still the proprietor of this
territory and his rules and decisions are..without a shadow of doubt..his rules and decisions-- and they must be respected. (Even if, by trial and error, he is forced to make the rules up as he goes along.)
Yes, this whole experience has been unfortunate for all involved. In many ways, it betrayed us for the human beings we are...each and every one of us. It's not such a bad thing, this "being human" business, is it? There are positive outcomes that can be reached from these lessons.
If we can remember that and move on with appreciation and respect for NZ Bear, we'll all be the better because of it.
These are the times when a person's real character shines through. Measure your words with care.
I would like to end this by simply thanking NZ Bear for all his work with the Ecosystem. He's brought far more enjoyment to our blogging days than suffering. Let the suffering pass, as all things must.
Yours in Blogging,