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2006-09-24 - 2:24 a.m.

tolerance prevails


hey, I'm a cool guy (Dave said so... keep reading)...

I went ADD crazy at myspace again last night and found some wonderful people and inspirations and this was one:



the image grabbed me and I just had to click and check out who was behind it... unfortunately, it was one of those myspace pages that crashed my computer due to it's massive bandwith size and extensive use of graphics on a single page, but I did come away with a great feeling after reading this:

Hey! We are a small handful of friends. This site, with a little help from all of us, is meant to provide Public Service Announcements and lend a little moral support and awareness for those living with discrimination, illness, disability, or disadvantage. We've added music, video, and comedy to keep the page light, since it is a page dedicated to the human spirit, our planet and all of our lives. We hope to grow this page, and could use all of the input, best wishes, encouragement, and comfort that you could share. We seek to befriend kind-hearted, good-willed people to share awareness and positive thoughts and concepts. Welcome to our humble page, and we ask that you simply post a friend comment that it is thought-provoking, encouraging, spiritual, socially relevant, or just feel free to wish all of the other friend on this page a good day! We will try to change the music videos and public service announcements, and we ask only tolerance and humanity, on a page that we will keep free from prejudice, discrimination, hatred, or other inappropriate content that exists elsewhere on the web. We are not censors, we are filters, encouraging people to share whatever they have found in their lives to be motivational, encouraging or contemplative!!! We are ecumenical, and Interfaith. We do not seek to convert, or preach. We do seek to inspire, and be inspired. Our central theme is tolerance and social responsibility!! This space is interfaith, and ecumenical. Any religious or spiritual comments, or friend posts are meant as support and mutual respect! God Bless!!



the beautiful words come from a busy myspace site that calls itself Tolerance Prevails and I figured with welcoming words like those above and a superlative name like Tolerance Prevails, I found another myspace friend so I click ADD...

now maybe I should have taken the introductory blurbs insistence that all positive energy and inspiration is welcome and those double exclamation points after the "God Bless!!" more seriously, but what do I know (are you thinking maybe there's more to this story than meets the happy-go-lucky eye?... shhhh, let's not interrupt and we shall see)...

as I was saying, I went ADD crazy at myspace again last night and found some wonderful people, creative ideas, open hearts and minds, and sweet inspirations... and tonight, after a bit of wandering out there in the dark of night and eating at one of my favorite buffets, I head back over to myspace for a look-see at what last night's fishing for friends expedition turned up and I found a few comments and messages and new invites and bulletins and all the other activity that goes on at myspace... and then there was a message from Tolerance Prevails...

now I hope I'm not jumping to any conclusions, but... well, I'll let you read the response for yourself:

Thanks for the invite buddy. I read your profile you sound cool to me, but that pic just bugs me from a decorative stand point!

I tried to be as liberal minded as I could, but ...
with all of those other images, I can't see this.

You sound like a cool guy, we can agree on having different senses of humour, but I just dont want to see that thing everytime it's my turn on the page.

Don't take offense. We're just friends here. Think of it as a doorman at a nightclub, where the outfit that's fine at one club, just doesn't make it for another!

Now go spruce yourself up for people and come back when you have (some) clothes on! (we ask in a friendly tone!)

David (Wit)



well... I think I was rejected... and maybe I am just a curious sort, but I figure that a rejection letter like that is certainly worth checking out so I headed back to David (Wit)'s myspace, Tolerance Prevails, to see what I missed in my first brief perusal that would make me and my personally and positively inspirational myspace icon unacceptable to someone who welcomes everyone and claims to be "free from prejudice, discrimination..."

now dear David of Tolerance Prevails doesn't want me to take offense because he said so, so I won't (and wouldn't even if he wanted me to), but he (or they, whomever they might be... the royal "we", perhaps) might ask in a friendly tone, but he/they doesn't/don't make much sense to me...

so being me and seeking understanding, I re-visited his page and tried looking at the images he does deem acceptable on Tolerance Prevails and I found that he only has that one personal image that first attracted my eye (the one at the top of this entry) and when I clicked on it I found he had captioned it "GOD IS BEAUTIFUL!"...

apparently his GOD is a blue butterfly, truly cool...

and I looked at his top friends and that's about when the computer staggered and I remembered that Tolerance Prevails is so chock full of graphics and videos that my computer was heading toward a lock-up, so I had to close Tolerance Prevails before I could check out much beyond the top friends...

but I did find this next bit of irony that prompted me to laugh one of those enlightened "ah, I see, of course" kind of laughs and I felt like sharing the experience with you in this entry...

the punch line approacheth...

so there I am about to close the browser window before the graphics crash my compuiter when I spot Kyle, who seems to be a nice likable fellow, standing there shirtless, and Kyle wasn't the only shirtless image in the top friends of Tolerance Prevails, but anyway, there was Kyle standing there with a big smile and in his arms he is holding, as the caption reads, "his boy Barney"...

the irony is that Dave (Wit) of Tolerance Prevails doesn't seem to mind looking at the shirtless Kyle holding up his boy Barney every time he opens his myspace site and looks at his top friends pictures...

the irony is that Kyle is holding Barney so that Barney's penis is hanging out there right in the middle of the picture, right there on Tolerance Prevails top friends list...

but my cartoon smiley face bugs Dave, as he writes, "from a decorative standppoint!" (that's his exclamation point, if you recall, just in case you think I meant to suggest I was shocked or something by his decorative judgement)...

maybe I found yet another example of the best of intentions foiled by, sadly, a rather typically narrow view (and a touch of, oh, shall we call it hypocrisy?) that reads some sort of unsavoriness into an innocent and goofy looking cartoon smiley face image...

it's sad, really, that grown people choose to miss so many of the smiley faces in their lives, but this seems to be yet one more example of how right the Talmud was and is when it said:

we do not see things as they are
we see things as we are


I'm not sure exactly what Dave and whomever the we he speaks for might have on their minds that lead them to see anything unacceptable in my happy little icon, but I sure do hope he (and they) work through their issues and prejudices so they can better actualize their words and find the positivity in life when it's staring them in the face with a big goofy smile cuz that does seem to be what Tolerance Prevails wants to be about...

maybe, in time, tolerance will prevail more ecuminically and less selectively at Tolerance Prevails and I'll take Dave up on his invite to return...


and in the end, this post is dedicated to Barney, who looks like he'd really rather be on dry land...

and most seriously, with sincere wishes that a positive learning lesson can be shared by all, may tolerance prevail...

J








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