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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3100 on: January 09, 2021, 01:57:33 PM »
Since I've only read music threads for the past year (plus the book reading, TV watching, and cooking threads), I really have only the vaguest idea what this is about.  ??? Anyway...I encourage folks to consider the voluntary strategy of not engaging with political discussions.

I have strongly held political beliefs, of course, but made the determination long ago that communicating or debating them on this forum would be pointless. There are many people here (not just one or two) whose musical views I respect deeply but whose views on politics, or race, or women, or young people, or religion, are abhorrent to me, because classical music as an interest skews toward older, wealthier, more conservative, whiter people.

Perhaps it may seem cowardly or hypocritical to turn a blind eye toward the clear bigotry and misanthropy of some forum members in order to continue discussing music with them. But, on the other hand, nothing good could come of confronting them; no argument is sufficient to persuade them; no stranger on the internet has the power to change their hearts. And, honestly, they don't have to be my friends, just correspondents. I just want to talk about music and recordings and occasionally books, and will continue doing so.

I fully understand the views of those of you who cannot remain friendly or on-topic with people you (and I) believe to be horrible. That is probably a sign of a healthy conscience! Credit to you. And that certainly does make it hard for you to stay engaged with the board, if you insist on continuing to read those discussions. But ... that is a choice. Fortunately or not, I've chosen to remain ignorant, because there are only 2-3 other people in my life I can discuss classical music regularly with, and none are as knowledgeable or helpful or reliable on music as some of the people here whom I would never befriend in real life. So that's the choice I'm making. I don't judge you for making a different one, but this choice is available and it makes the forum a much more useful place.

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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3101 on: January 09, 2021, 02:16:28 PM »
Good post Brian, which more or less reflects my own views.

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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3102 on: January 09, 2021, 02:39:02 PM »
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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3103 on: January 09, 2021, 02:46:44 PM »
Brian wins.
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« Reply #3104 on: January 11, 2021, 07:58:26 AM »
I was pleased to hear (PM) from Fergus (Aligreto) recently. I miss his postings. I'm not sure if he'll be back but I sincerely hope so.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

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« Reply #3105 on: January 11, 2021, 09:05:45 AM »
I was pleased to hear (PM) from Fergus (Aligreto) recently. I miss his postings. I'm not sure if he'll be back but I sincerely hope so.
Hope that all is well with him?

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« Reply #3106 on: January 12, 2021, 07:10:24 AM »
I do miss Elgarian.  I've rung him a couple of times. Probably time I did so again.
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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3107 on: January 12, 2021, 08:48:55 AM »
I do miss Elgarian.  I've rung him a couple of times. Probably time I did so again.

Me, too, Karl. Very nice person and always a pleasure to speak with --- quite knowledgable as well. It was like having another Luke around (another member I miss).
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« Reply #3108 on: January 12, 2021, 09:30:19 AM »
I have edited the last few pages. For the moment I will leave the mod explanations, but they to will go once people have a chance to catch up.

I also very much miss Elgarian, we had lots of exchanges. Do give him my best if you contact him Karl.

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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3109 on: January 12, 2021, 10:22:59 AM »


Bruce has highlighted that as in other social media, the general level of anxiety of many has been rising due to COVID, the US and the UK issues. There is more stress and tension about. We understand an outlet is needed. But as an online community, we can try some understanding with one another and to an extent look after one another.


Knight

I think this is a big factor.

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Re: Missing Members
« Reply #3110 on: January 12, 2021, 11:31:33 AM »
I have edited the last few pages. For the moment I will leave the mod explanations, but they to will go once people have a chance to catch up.

I also very much miss Elgarian, we had lots of exchanges. Do give him my best if you contact him Karl.

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Good job, Mike. There was a lot of pollution lately.  :-X

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« Reply #3111 on: January 13, 2021, 02:36:27 AM »
Good job, Mike. There was a lot of pollution lately.  :-X
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« Reply #3112 on: January 15, 2021, 08:43:34 AM »
I was pleased to hear (PM) from Fergus (Aligreto) recently. I miss his postings. I'm not sure if he'll be back but I sincerely hope so.

So did I. Unexpected and touched that he did so. I think he will return when he is ready.
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« Reply #3113 on: January 15, 2021, 01:04:15 PM »
So did I. Unexpected and touched that he did so. I think he will return when he is ready.
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« Reply #3114 on: January 16, 2021, 06:56:53 AM »
So did I. Unexpected and touched that he did so. I think he will return when he is ready.
Excellent!  :)
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).