It has been a while since I have visited this forum. I came back today to look up some information about certain areas of California.
My convictions and beliefs regarding OC have not changed. I believe in the cause firmly. However, I pulled away from this forum due to the non-stop contentious quarreling I see. We all have slightly different views about things. We all have different approaches to hows and where one should OC.
Some believe that OC should be a full time activity. Others believe that OC should be carefully planned and thought out. Some feel that the cavalier actions of other OCer's will cause more harm than good. I'm not here to adjudicate the issues.
I am writing this post to encourage all of us here in California to work together while demonstrating a gracious attitude toward each other. The constant arguing and bickering that goes on here only serves to disintegrate the cause. You can get a point across without attacking the personal nature of another person. If you feel someone is misguided in their beliefs or ways gently let them know without attacking their personal character. (The words troll for example, though the post may be highly controversial, does not automatically mean the post is intended "astroturfing".)
We are here to rally for our "inalienable" rights as human beings.
Even if a post is a genuine trolled post, how we respond is critical to the cause. We should never react to a situation. Responding, rather, suggests a well trained, thought out process. Reacting is almost autonomous. You never hear of EMS, Fire or Law reacting to a call--It's always responding.