From: The Turtle
Sent: Saturday, September 13, 2003 12:10 PM
Subject: Re: We liked your email until . . .
Uhh.. yeah. Read carefully, and we think it's fairly clear who's doing the
name calling. Note that we discuss only your arguments, and do not attack
you as a person in any way. Because that would be weird, right? We don't
even know you.
We understand your need to defend your position to the end, but frankly
it's become silly. We contribute plenty to society. Your statements about
what we do with our lives are completely uninformed. Your view that
accepting some money here and there from friends and family while we're on
a road trip nullifies any good we have done in the past is ridiculous.
How you come to the conclusion that our attitude is that "the world is
to provide for us" is mind-boggling. Is it really your contention that
"regardless of what we have done in the past, we are still selfish
beggars"? Selfishness or righteousness is, by this logic, judged on a
moment to moment basis. Acting in self-interest at any one time wipes out
any selflessness in the past? How absurd.
We are not sitting on a street corner, demanding that "the world" support
us. We are working, quite hard, though not in the traditional sense. We in
no way expect nor demand any help. We provide a simple means for people to
contribute if they wish. Check http://themorningnews.org
for other examples, among thousands. You may believe
these people's content to be more worthy of money, but that's just your
opinion. These people work very hard at what they do, and if people feel
entertained, edified, or uplifted by their work, they can contribute a few
bucks. We trust you hold the same contempt for these people as you do for
Anyway, your outlandish judgements and incredible generalizations have
quite entertaining. If we could, we'd like to give you a dollar.
Anthony & Liz