From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> Date: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 10:40:24 +0100 Archived: Sun, 09 Oct 2011 12:43:41 -0400 Subject: On List Bickering Bickering - dictionary definition: To engage in a petty, bad- tempered quarrel; squabble. It's a descriptive word and something I see rather a lot of on this list. One recent example is Kentaro's exchange over the 'strange' thing that AJ says happened to him at Billy Meier's house. In this case it seems Kentaro is disputing whether AJ's story is as new or as amazing as suggested with a thinly veiled ridiculing of the 'alien' who might have come to tea. Typically when these things happen there seems some history of bickering between the two who bicker. This seems to set up a repetitive ping pong action with one or both of the bickerers seemingly determined to catch the other one out with some contradiction or inaccuracy. It is not difficult to predict that a posting by X will evoke a snide comment from Y. We all know the various sparring partners who pitch in for a new bout of bickering - we know who tends to rile who and we sigh 'Here we go again...' Constructive criticism - and sometimes negative criticism - can be useful but may I put in a plea for a little kindness? If somebody thinks someone else is an airhead or simply plain nutty, the chances are we will all get that message without the double sniping. Now and again the 'airhead' has something wonderful to say but we may never know if he gets deterred from posting for fear of trolling. I do hope this observation will not set me up for some back- bickering but I would be interested in other's opinions on this - at least those with something to say other than 'If you don't like it here - then leave' I do like it here, among a bunch of brilliant minds, Kentaro very much included. I just think it would be nice if we could all learn how to get along... with less bickering. Dave Haith Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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