I've spent over 20 hours these past 10 days reading and answering a couple of posts. That's a lot of hours considering the little time I have to spare. How productive was that? Is it worth it or am I wasting my time?

I started wondering why I was came here to start with. What brought me back day after day. Could it be pleasure? Did I enjoy the blame game that some members drag everyone in? Did I appreciate the endless and repetitive arguments in which anger and sarcasm took over? I don't think so. I never intended to defend my side of the story.
But I did appreciate the intelligence and input of a dozen of active members and my interaction with them.

Like many people in here, I was searching for three things:

- to hear an echo, a supportive echo from like-minded individuals from the other side of the divide; people whose voice is marginal in their community (just like mine is) because they are true peace-seekers. I'm not interested in a temporary truce or a way to combat the enemy through peaceful ways so as to help my group get what it failed to grab through war and violence. Did I hear such an echo, somewhat, but it was drowned by the hubbub of cyber-soldiers.

- Try to discuss different issues with people I don't agree with so as to understand what they are saying and why they are seing it. And I have to admit that I failed to achieve that with both staunch pro-zionists and committed anti-zionists (though I faired less dismally with the latter).

- share experiences with people who are active in the field of peace building. I have to confess that I didn't do much for that. But I will start a small discussion on this topic before my "leave of absence".

Well, I'm off to write the last discussion before my furlough.
Good luck and see you in a couple of weeks.
الى اللقاء
or as we say in ּBeirut, yalla bye

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Comment by JC | WorriedLebanese on October 20, 2008 at 9:11pm
Back with a vengeance... :-)
I feel like a chain smoker taking his first cig a couple of weeks after quitting. I hope I try to keep this addiction under control. thanks you all for you comments.
Comment by Corey Gil-Shuster on September 17, 2008 at 10:40pm
As in any on-line forum, the people who comment here may or may not be representative of the communities they speak for (most aren't). I would ignore the voices that simply want to make noise (on both sides) and concentrate on your interests, making connections with the people who help move peace along.

There are likeminded people on all sides. It is a shame they get frustrated with the minority of noisemakers and don't bother adding their voice to the conversation.
Comment by Eyal Raviv on September 17, 2008 at 7:43pm
Blessings. I have enjoyed reading what you're written in last two weeks. Good luck.
Comment by Hayyim Feldman on September 17, 2008 at 6:50pm
Darn, just when I was wanting to start some conversation with you! Oh well, chances are you'll find me still here when you return. Enjoy!
Comment by Hiba on September 17, 2008 at 3:01pm
Yeah we use it a lot too, Yalla with many different terms :-)

Yalla bye, yalla come, yalla go, yalla to do this or that.............. etc.
Comment by Hiba on September 17, 2008 at 2:54pm
Well JC as you said you and people having the same views as you do might be marginalized but that doesn't mean that we can't join our efforts together to do something, I met many people here who gave me hope and strength, and so we shall never give up as long as there is hope, and there is.

mepeace will miss you for sure during your two weeks of absence, and will be looking forward to see you again here.
Comment by Neri Bar-On on September 17, 2008 at 2:37pm
You give me hope, and hope to read your posts and comment again here and anywhere on the Web.

الى اللقاء
or as we say in Tel-Aviv, yalla bye

I do not know if you aware that in Tel Aviv some of my friend also use the yalla bye phrase ... slowly we all become one.


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