|"We reject your configuration rules and substitute our own."
Frankendate: 11.28.2007: Entry 002h
Recently my family and I went out to the western part of our beautiful
country and visited several US National parks. We borrowed a motor
home so we stayed in campgrounds along the way. One of the parks we stayed
at had an excellent bath house facility, only a couple months old.
Now I would be shocked if any of you could say you’ve never been in
a bathroom with stuff scrawled on the sides of the stalls. I know
I’ve seen many MANY messages there. Probably the majority of these
messages fall into three broad categories, 1) ‘So and so was here’,
b) ‘For a good time call …’ and c) ‘So and so is a xxxxx’ All of
these things bother me because they constitute destruction of
property. But what I saw in this building bothered me even more.
The sides of the stalls were recycled plastic material. Very nice,
quiet, impossible to scratch the paint off because the color goes
straight through, simple to clean, and likely just a nice way to
keep a few hundred milk jugs out of the landfill. But you can scratch
into the surface with your pocket knife. So what do you suppose I
find there? I found both WWJD and ‘What Would Jesus Do’ scratched
into the side as well as the Jesus Fish. Whether you agree with the
Gospel as told in the Bible or not, if people were really trying to
spread it this is not the way to do so! Destruction of property is
most certainly NOT what Jesus would do! Perhaps
you could argue the carvers were counterfeits trying to make others
look bad but there were neither swear words nor anything written in
a derogatory manner. The simple fact that it was there is the issue.
The fact that people who follow someone who preaches love, care, and
respect would deface others property is the problem. In other words,
those trying to do a good thing are doing a bad thing.
Suppose you were on a tug-of-war team. You
and 9 of your biggest and strongest buddies are pulling on the rope
for all you are worth. Well almost all of them are, instead of
pulling, one guy is tickling the guy ahead of him. So not only is he
not pulling for the team he’s negated the guy ahead of him as well.
Doesn’t make any sense does it?
Recently I discovered that a friend of mine
had engaged a speaker for his users group. Others in the group
happen not to like this speaker and nixed his presentation. As a
result of the conflict my friend resigned all his positions with his
local LUG and with COMMON. It’s very sad to see this happening.
Then very recently on our system’s most
popular email list a thread was very nearly renamed the ‘Axxxx vs
Jxx flame war.’Two bright individuals both of whom I know personally that do not agree.
Had they been face to face it might have been interesting to watch
the sparks fly, but on the list I’m not sure if the entire thread
Its human nature that there will be
conflicts, that much is a fact. Sometimes, though I wonder if we
consider our actions before we take them. Do our intended good
actions turn out to be negative in the final tally? The only way to
never make a mistake is to not do anything at all but surely that’s
the worst decision. Doing nothing is never the right answer.
I certainly can’t change everyone’s mind. I
probably won’t get anyone to call anyone and apologize. I may not be
able to get all the people on this tug-o-war team to pull hard in
the same direction but if I can get people thinking about what they
are doing ‘For’ the System i community maybe at least a few will
become purveyors of positive thought and toss their weight to the
Do you know who you are?