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Re: RC: Re: Tevis Horse Rescuer Tries to Shed Some Light

Well, Tom 
You continually amaze me. Not only are you a very knowledgeable trainer,
but a true philosopher as well! Yes, I too believe that a great way to
garner knowledge is through debate. Being put in the position of
defending your own beliefs is a great way to see if they truly stand the
muster. So long as the "fightin's" fair and doesn't degenerate into
personal attacks (which you have warned against) it's a great way to
learn. And, even though the divisions are set and no one may back down
at the time, there seems to be a "post" period where ideas are
redefined-- for all parties. Keep up those lively debates! The last one
with Susan was certainly informative for all.
Bette wrote:
> In a message dated 8/13/00 5:18:14 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> writes:
>  You must be out of your mind!!!!!
>   I wouldn't even *think* of offering an apology to Tom, the king of
>  curmudgeons. Why he'd chew me up and spit me out just for starters. No way
>  am I apologizing to him. Not fur nuthin. Why I'd rather ride that bucking
>  horse you all have been writing about. But send a good old high five? Yep, I
>  do that regularly.
>  Pat Super >>
> ...if the "check is in the mail" statement proves to be true, eh?
> It appears that there are going to be a lot of high fives to pass around.
> That's good. David Putnam appears to be far more useful than the bronc--in
> fact, he just may be called upon to rescue the horse someday. Usefulness is a
> cause I can, with good conscience, support. The check goes in the mail
> Monday.
> Wait and see, then I'll take the high five.
> Apology? Naw. If I had to apologise to every decent person I've had a little
> dustup with, it would take the rest of my life. A good sincere fistfight
> should end in a handshake. A nod of respect for the opponent's well-aimed
> blows. Anyone who enters the arena of ideas has to be ready to take some hard
> licks--and I've taken my share here, where the minds are sharp and quick. But
> that's why I step into the arena--not to hear myself talk. I want to wrestle
> with concepts, have my thoughts tempered with fire.
> If, instead, I sat here unmolested, thinking conjurings of my own imagination
> and my own faulty interpretation of the things I read and experience, then
> I'd gradually develop a hardened, inviolable set of beliefs. That's living
> death.
> I want my mind to be free, and freedom always extracts a price. If that price
> turns out to be only an occasional bruise--hey, fair deal. More than fair.
> ti
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Bette Lamore
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