The Tough Poop continues.
I'm posting this latest email from Rob because what Rob says in it is completely at odds with the "peacemaker" and "great diplomat" persona he tried to don at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. Someone else previously pointed out that Rob pulled the same trick during his court proceedings.
I just want Rob to know that you can't be one thing most of the time (a profane, abusive and irresponsible neighbor/mc.commie) and the opposite thing part of the time (a statesman and upright citizen) and expect people to take you seriously.
I know that posting Rob's emails to me (don't worry, I won't post EVERY email he sends) seems at odds with my advocacy of not taunting or making fun of Rob. I've asked my fellow mc.commies to refrain from such behavior on several occasions. However, every coin has two sides, and even the mentally ill have an obligation to do their best to treat others with respect and conduct themselves in a socially acceptable manner. I'm simply letting Rob know that I expect him to do his part, and also that he can't continuously abuse the privilege of engaging in society without being held accountable for his uncivil behavior. (although I admit he's managed to pull that off pretty well so far! - with the exception of one stint in jail, that is)
I firmly believe that allowing individuals to deal with the natural consequences of their actions is the best path toward growth and maturity. Usually the technique is applied to children and teenagers -- but it also can be applied to adults who refuse to deal with reality and shirk responsibility for their actions.
So anyway, here is what I hope is the final chapter in the ongoing saga of "Tough Poop":
From: Rob Shipley <[email protected]
To: [email protected]
Sent: Wed, December 9, 2009 10:02:59 PM
Subject: Fw: Tough poop
I am certain after just a very little reflection you must have blabbed to Larry the Webmaster and gotten me kicked off of milescity.com again...................BFD....BFD...........no one gives a poop.......very least of all me.
pauper joey is procreateed anyway....................so, don't worry about this.............ok?
From: "[email protected]
To: Rob Shipley <[email protected]
Sent: Thu, December 10, 2009 5:17:56 AM
Subject: Re: Tough poop
I have two bits of advice, one observation, and [a] request for you.
First bit of advice: Quit blaming everyone else for the consequences that naturally stem for your own actions.
Second: stop expecting people [to] respect you simply because your father was a successful man and your mother was a dignified lady and excellent teacher. They're gone. You're here. It's what YOU do that matters.
Observation: Your statements below [above] are completely out-of-synch with the statement you made in public at the City Council meeting in which you advocated that everyone should try to get along with each other better. You tried to paint yourself as a great advocate of peace and respect and forgiveness. Nothing in anything you've written to me or on MC.com bespeaks any of those principles. (Please note: THAT's why you got "kicked off") In the book To Kill A Mockingbird
, it is explained that Atticus Finch is respected by all because he's "the same on the street as he is at home." You would do well to reflect on that.
Request: Please stop emailing me unless you have something civil to say or discuss. As you've pointed out, at this point we are not friends. You've told me numerous times in your tautologically profane way that you think I'm an idiot. Once was quite enough, thank you.
~ Steve Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. Winston Churchill
You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out he hates all the same people you do. Anne Lamott
[This message has been edited by Steve Craddock (12/10/2009)]