Higher Standard Required : No One Member or Topic is Greater Than Our Collective Peace

Destee

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Peace and Blessings Family,

Never will there be a time in this community, when one Member or one piece of information ... no matter how enlightened or important they may be ... will be deemed greater than the collective.

There was a time in our past, when we had a Brother here that was so very enlightened, knowledgeable, full of wisdom, had many Members yearning for his words ... yet he did not know how to respect our peace and purpose. It was one of the most challenging times i've experienced here in the community.

Even though he was disrespectful to many, in his presentation of information ... and i spoke on it often, warned him regularly ... the rest of the Family, for the most part, were able to overlook his violations, and beseech me to allow him to remain. These requests were coming from Members who never disrespected anyone, always abided by the rules. Members who demonstrated the highest levels of love and support to this community, and i'm sure to our community at large.

I was put in a very peculiar position, having the responsibility to maintain the peace here, that we've so abundantly been blessed with ... insure that no Member is attacked or mistreated ... while trying to honor the requests of those who rarely asked anything of me ... but were at that point, asking me to overlook this Members disruption of our peace ... because he had great knowledge to share.

I honored their request of me. I did that. For a very long time i put up with the disrespect. I watched as this Member made a mockery of everything this community stands for, holding us hostage almost, as he sprinkled the knowledge about, betwixt the disrespect he spewed.

I finally got where i could take no more, and i banned him. Many were angry with me, some left with him, but that was a price i was more than willing to pay, for our peace to be restored.

I have a great obligation to this community, and i've demonstrated it consistently for more than a decade. I try to be fair, tolerant, all of that, and i think it's evidenced by our diversity, longevity and wealth of information, the peace we enjoy, the camaraderie we share. There is so much evidence of my tolerance, that i'm simply not moved when folk suggest that i have none or am lacking in it.

There are simply some things that are not allowed here. Period.

No matter how knowledgeable, wise, enlightened one may be, they absolutely must present that and themselves within the confines of our rules, peace, respect, etc. No matter how much we may yearn for one's information, they cannot live here any kind of way. Disrespecting our Members, threatening us, etc..

No one is above our peace and purpose, not even me.

So ... having said this ... i just hope that all of you that have great knowledge to share, and our willing to share it with us, please respect our home. If you can't do that, then we will have to find you and your knowledge, wherever in the world you reside, because it will not be here.

Going through with the Brother i mentioned above, gave me to know, that i will never go that way again.

So Family please, rather than ask (or expect) me to overlook a Member's disruptive behavior, disrespect, etc., in exchange for their knowledge, encourage them to respect our peace and purpose as you, and all the rest of us are required to do.

Thanks for letting me share! :love:

Much Love and Peace.

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Destee
 

Ms Drea

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Hey Sister Destee,
I hear you loud & clear...for real tho! Peace Be Still!
Love & Blessings,
Drea
 

Destee

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I wish i could forgo being put in the position of having to make hard decisions.

But i guess it's too late for me to be wishing that.

I console myself though, believing that everyone is doing what they want, fully aware of the consequences.

So in essence, it's not me making the hard decisions, they are.

And i can respect their decision, doing / saying what they have to, and i'm sure they'll respect my doing the same.

... but i still wish i wasn't dragged in it ...

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Destee
 
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