But "hate mail" is also a healthy test of our personal, ethical, humane, stylistic "boundaries". Where do we stand? How far will we go? What approaches and tactics proposed by the "hate mail" for "problem-solving" are unacceptable to us? Which tactics violate our beliefs and ethics? Solving a problem at any cost, with "no holds barred", with no goals other than stirring up raw emotion and more "hate", massive "hate" are not who we are, not what we are about.
We are activist reformers, yes, but we believe in the personal, human dignity of our opposition. We assume that they have a right to their beliefs, as we do. We oppose all tactics of human demonization by anyone involved in "conversations about change" or reform. If we can't persuade by "telling the truth" (Vaclav Havel) in a respectful, forceful, courageous, humane way, we pollute ourselves. We become something we don't respect or want to be. We lose our "moral compass". And thereby we lose our way and fail miserably on a personal level.
One of our teachers many years ago cautioned us about the dangers of a successful movement. "Prepare for predators", he said. Prepare for those - who are less successful in their own efforts - trying to pirate part of our barque, without understanding the "total package", without recognizing that our "ship" only floats on decency, respect of others humanity, honesty, courage, ethics - guided by (we hope) a strong moral compass.
"Hate", distortion of facts and public humiliation of anyone are not on our list and never will be!
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