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#364827 - 10/10/07 01:28 PM Dysfunctional though we be...
RazorFoot Offline
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Registered: 12/01/04
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we are still a family on here. I am talking to all the long time posters who have built a rapport with one another here. We may not always agree with one another (thank goodness, that would make for a boring forum) but we still almost always show respect and concern for one another. I would like to see that trend continue indefinitely.


My communication style, sarcasm, and general demeanor are not always a big hit with everyone (especially on touchy threads where I use it to balance my shock and awe, sorry Ed) but I am open and honest with my opinion and that is the best I can offer or expect from anyone else.


All I am asking is that even when we have difficulty dealing with one another, can we all still remember that we are, indeed, a family here?



Thank you.

I'm done now. Sorry for the interruption. Please return to your regularly scheduled discussions.

Scottie


Edited by RazorFoot (10/10/07 01:29 PM)
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#364828 - 10/10/07 04:00 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: RazorFoot]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Well I like to think that people can be different and have different opinions and still get along. More often than not on this forum, I find that people can agree to disagree on issues. I suppose that's one reason why I'm still posting here.
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#364829 - 10/10/07 04:21 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: RazorFoot]
hedkikr Offline
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This topic (or something similar) came up a long time ago. At that time, I commented that I don't see this forum as a "family" (to use your term). I consider FA to be a virtual meeting place where individuals of various styles, experiences, ages & convictions can meet, question & discuss in a non-threatening atmosphere.

A number have become friends (either close or casual) but I can't see it being called a "family". Most folks don't know a thing about the other except what's revealed & that's always not reliable.

I've come for advice & answers as well as used FA as a sounding board (& for that, I'm grateful). I've angered & been angry, admired & ridiculed, given & taken. I accept that you consider FA as a family but sorry (& no disrespect), a real family is much more than a forum.

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#364830 - 10/10/07 04:27 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: hedkikr]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Suppose it depends on how you define "family". In many cultures, friends and even acquaintances become "family" within a very short period of time indeed. They'll be sat down at the dinner table and are welcomed as a member of the family very quickly. In other cultures, "family" is only blood relatives whom you live with all the time, even extended family may be treated as strangers and the best of friends are kept at arms length be it by tradition or simply because of the nature of the society. The meaning of the concept of "family" to you can be completely different to the meaning of "family" somewhere else and neither definition is inherently wrong in its context, they are simply different. Many people may well view this forum as a family, as much as many other people may not.


Edited by Leo_E_49 (10/10/07 04:35 PM)
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#364831 - 10/10/07 04:37 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: hedkikr]
JasonM Offline
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Quote:



A number have become friends (either close or casual) but I can't see it being called a "family". Most folks don't know a thing about the other except what's revealed & that's always not reliable.






lol..That can be said about a "real family" too.

Ya know, one thing I believe is that it takes a villiage! What I mean is that in my neighborhood I would have no problems with my neighbors correcting one of my kids if they seen them doing wrong.

I think this can be applied to our FA forum. If we see a newbie, or anyone being mislead or not given the correct information we will guide them or supply them with the knowledge to make the right decision.

By definition, I think we are a family...

fam•i•ly - Show Spelled Pronunciation[fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation noun, plural -lies, adjective
–noun
1. parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not.
2. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family.
3. the spouse and children of one person: We're taking the family on vacation next week.
4. any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.
5. all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.
6. Chiefly British. approved lineage, esp. noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family.
7. a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants.
8. the staff, or body of assistants, of an official: the office family.
9. a group of related things or people: the family of romantic poets; the halogen family of elements.
10. a group of people who are generally not blood relations but who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together: Many hippie communes of the sixties regarded themselves as families.
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#364832 - 10/10/07 05:02 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: JasonM]
hedkikr Offline
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I understand...it's also funny that in our internet society, definitions change. People on My Space have contacts that are considered "Friends" & people indulge in internet romances & call it "Love". I just think that the bar has been lowered due to anonimity...we can represent ourselves w/o flaws. There's a certain safety/comfort zone behind the keyboard & monitor.

Don't get me wrong...I'm glad it's here for me.

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#364833 - 10/10/07 05:14 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: hedkikr]
Leo_E_49 Offline
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Loc: California
Equally as interesting is that many people choose to cast off that anonymity and tell the truth about themselves on the internet; often there's no other place where people can relate to them.

Sometimes that online friendship becomes real and a love found on the internet can become just as deep as one found in the concrete jungles in which many of us live. If the statement that no man is an island is true; perhaps in a place where people are forced impersonally into one another's vicinity, such as a city, some people can only find their relationships with other people online, where there is the space and comfort that many of us who haven't grown up in cities often take for granted.

It's strange how the world is today, I agree; but people remain human despite this, with the same needs for comfort, community and love that they have always needed, regardless of whether these needs are fulfilled online or face to face.

Of course, there are other cases where people abuse the system, but I like to think that is not always the case.


Edited by Leo_E_49 (10/10/07 05:18 PM)
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#364834 - 10/10/07 06:08 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: Leo_E_49]
Dereck Offline
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Registered: 10/04/04
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Loc: Great White North
I don't know if we are a family per say but I would welcome many of you into my home without question. Many here I have grown genuine friendships with and have shared more then what is written here, and they in turn have shared with me. From these conversations I have given and received more of an insight into their lives as well as mine thus creating a larger bond. I am usually a good judge of character and after being on here for quite some time, I think if somebody was trying to pull the wool over my eyes I would have seen through it by now. For those, and you know who you are, my door is always open to you.
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#364835 - 10/10/07 09:14 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: Dereck]
JKogas Offline
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Registered: 01/25/03
Posts: 10818
Loc: North Carolina
I don't know WHAT we have. Family?? I've seen worse. Insane Asylum? That is a definite.


-John

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#364836 - 10/10/07 11:17 PM Re: Dysfunctional though we be... [Re: RazorFoot]
BrianS Offline
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Registered: 11/04/05
Posts: 5959
Loc: Northwest Arkansas
I'm with ya Scottie. There are a lot of posters on here I consider my virtual friends.

My family is really messed up so I wouldn't compare you to them,lol.
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