[Ansteorra-rapier] Suggestions for classes for the next Rapier Academy

GabriDAvila@netscape.net GabriDAvila at netscape.net
Tue Jan 22 15:18:05 PST 2002

Hello Hawkins,

I found Amerinda's post somewhat humorous even though I also consider the topic to be a serious one, and I thought your personal attack against her and Alessandro was unwarranted and inappropriate.

see below for further comments...

>I felt that Amerinda was offended by the tone of the roundtable this weekend
>and took the opportunity to make a weak, semi-humorous attack at it.  I
>think she would have done better to seriously address what she saw as the
>underlying issues, argue against the way it was presented, and give some
>solutions for the perceived problem that prompted the discussion.

Your jab at her could be viewed as equally weak as it did not express your true concerns that you expressed in this e-mail. You were not making a reasonable argument against the way she presented her views nor did you offer solutions to the problem you perceived. Instead you attacked her.

>The discussion was at least partly fired by the observation by some outside
>the rapier community that cadets were not doing their job.  The job was a
>cadet job and the blame can always be shifted to the Dons, but while that
>shift is happening, the cadets should look and see whether they have done
>their job.

I do not believe that the "blame" is being unwarrantedly shifting. I think the problem is not simply a "cadet" problem but a rapier community problem which we should all work to solve...together.

>I think we could have done better at the roundtable.  I think the main way
>in which we can do better is to individually address deficiencies rather
>than generalize them to the cadets as a whole.  I think we need to address
>those who are not doing the work, not those who are doing work.  Being a
>cadet is a job, not a title, award, or accessory.  If you're not working,
>you should be known as "unemployed" rather than by a job title which you
>don't merit.

I believe I agree with you there. I thought your tone was offensive in your one-liner e-mail, and I hoped to diffuse it somewhat. You are of course entitled to your opinion and manner of expression, as am I. And I love you for who you are even when different than me.

Best wishes,

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