[Northkeep] Re: [Northern] Farewell

Marc Carlson marc-carlson at utulsa.edu
Fri May 18 19:26:36 PDT 2001

Well, rot.  I meant to send this here instead.

It's just been that kind of day.  Sorry for any duplication...

Marc Carlson wrote:
> I am sorry to hear about this.  It *is* hard to think of something appropriate to say, since
> this sort of thing can be as great a shock as having someone die  -- particularly when it's
> as sudden and unexpected as this seems (at least to me) to have been.
> Robert is quite right, though, this is not the time to throw up our hands and quit, or take
> to plotting anything rash or silly.  We need to turn back towards each other, and not
> turn away.
> Most importantly though, we need to offer our sympathy and support to those who have
> been hurt most by this action.  Beyond anything else - the crown's reasons for doing this,
> whatever they are, are irrelevant.  We don't know them, nor do we need to know them.
> The Crown can do this, end of story.  Let's look at the more important goal of looking to
> the wounds of those around us.  And I would be surprised if the people who are most hurt
> by this aren't Thorgrim and Sigen   This sort of rejection is a bitch at the best of times.
> Yes, I realize that it may seem a little odd that *I* would be concerned for their feelings
> since we haven't always seen eye to eye - but like the saying goes "only Nixon could go
> to China" - and having been through something similar recently I am only too aware of how
> easily a hundred nice things people say to you can be trashed by one well placed negative
> incident.
> We need to let them know that we do care about them, and don't want them to just
> quit (although that would be understandable).  They are appreciated, at least by most people
> around here.
> Marc/Diarmaid

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