--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, turquoiseb <no_reply@...> wrote: <snip> > I know I'm rambling, but that was the nature of the evening > and of the Great Conversation itself. No plan, no intent, no > egos, no "I'm right and you're wrong," no barbs, no insults, > no one trying to "lead" the conversation and take it in any > particular direction. Just people who were comfortable with > each other *being* comfortable with each other, and enjoying > where *that* might lead the conversation. It made me a little > nostalgic for those rare times when such conversations have > broken out on Fairfield Life, and for the even rarer egolessness > and sense of comfort that made them possible. > > I'm writing this in the hope that they're still possible, and > that they might happen here again someday. If they can't, I > honestly don't see much point in sticking around.
I can't help observing that some of the very best conversations *I* ever saw on FFL involved Robin, whose posts Barry claimed he never read and whom Barry persistently, viciously, and gratuitously attacked (and still attacks even in his absence). And if I were asked what one thing would be most likely to facilitate more and better conversation on FFL, I'd have to say it would be Barry *not* sticking around.