I have been a fairly quiet member of this mailing list, and has been
watching from a distance. But now I feel I should make my contribution for
the benefit and survival of this mailing list. I believe this is a really
good platform to discuss and share ideas. However, I guess that one
attribute for being good academics, activists, researchers, colleagues, etc
is to know that we have individual differences and therefore we should
consider that when we are using a public platform. I believe respect is a
virtue and should be maintained all the time. People can argue but should
still respect each other. Differing views can be tabled with respect. Lets
not confuse aggression and assertiveness. Assertiveness is standing up for
oneself in a way that does not violate the rights of another person. It is a
direct, honest and appropriate expression of one's feelings and opinions.
Contrary to assertiveness, aggressiveness is standing up for one's rights
that violates the rights of the other person. It results in humiliating and
putting down the other. Thus aggressiveness encompasses self-centredness,
inconsideration, hostility and arrogantly demanding. If our list is to grow
and benefit us all, I believe it is high time we should be assertive as
opposed to aggressive. Personally, I have benefitted from this list and I
think we really need to further the initial cause of this platform.
>From: Kate Kaul <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Kate Kaul <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: FW: housekeeping
>Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 11:07:56 -0500
>Everyone has some accountability for how they behave on a list. We are all
>members of this list community and of other communities -- academic,
>activist, or other -- and, to varying degrees, we are accountable to one
>another. The list is archived, and so it is public. As in other public, or
>published, documents, I think we are accountable for what we say to and
>about one another. But over e-mail, I think tone is especially important;
>could be a bit more generous to one another over this list and still have
>room for debate and dissent.
>I know personal pride is at stake here. But it is up
>to the members to save
>the list. Don't let those who have no accountability
>to anything or anyone
>take away a valuable source of discussion and
>Wishing the list the best of luck,
>Lurking Chee Wee
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