Hi Johnny and Marco:
From your two spirited defenses, I’m not so sure personally I’m glad I dropped what I actually have thought in here, but truth being what it is, I don’t think it has done any harm. So there you have it. It is what I have thought, even if I’m terribly misguided and uninformed and am proven to be wrong (which I’d gladly be). This place purports to be not just group-think oriented, but able to support independent or divergent views. I think your analogy of being threatened to be kicked out of a club in the past by a bouncer who mistakenly thought you were sleeping when you simply had your head back and were resting your eyes, Marco, is not particularly apt applied to me in this instance. (What kind of a club was that?) Your other illustration of water with too much chlorine and needing filtration of the fluoride to be rendered drinkable and not cause cancer is not antithetical to the original point I was making. In fact, it could be used further to support it. You just provided a variation, the too much chlorine like a fence around the water itself, you could say, and the fluoride like armed guards protecting it, and possibly lethal if provoked. One must be scaled or passed through, as it were, and the other either distracted or eliminated, to get to what quenches thirst and replenishes. My dirty snowball metaphor is admittedly more crude, but the point is essentially the same. Anyway, I do see the point you intend, about context and how the same thing in different ones can change perception of it and its meaning, or at least its inflection, and I have noted it. I don’t disagree with that.
Maybe ultimately this is good I dropped this in here, because it indicates where the burden of proof is, what needs to be addressed to assuage the doubts of naysayers and to bring around and satisfy the qualms of those who are skeptical. A thing that is truly valuable not only relies on testimonials but actually withstands and endures tests.
I’m still open and willing as I wrote before to be proven wrong. But I suspect this is one of those things like faith, which you either have or not.
Where one dwells in darkness, another sees the light. God help me.
A good weekend to both of you.