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    about translator - he committed suicide.

    one of my first thoughts was the ugliness around here of late - a place where he came to bring beauty.

    he was attacked by a group of those people to which many of us refer to as cyber bullies on this site.

    it affected him.  did it cause him to do what he did?  we will never know - but when someone who is very depressed is verbally kicked - we don't KNOW how much that played into his depression.

    so - do we need to find a way to stop this destructive discourse?  did it push translator?  probably not but it may have affected his "safe haven" - the place where he could come and talk himself into staying another day.

    words matter.  harmful words, hurtful words do damage.

    we are all in charge of what we send out into the world - whether those words be kind or unkind, argumentative or conciliatory.

    we ALL need to put a face behind the screen upon which we type.  it is called maturity - growing up, adding a filter, consideration, manners, civility, having an intellectual conversation.  take your pick - i'll settle for just one of those becoming the norm around here so we don't lose more members who no longer feel they can come here and find solace.

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