The number feels that this has gone beyond preposterous. This all began when I asked the tansy why she was posting on someone else's behalf and never got an answer. Yes, I did get pretty rank about it and there is no excuse for my behavior.
The number has never used the tansy as a "piggy" and this is an odious assertion at the very least. The tansy made the choice to contact others (many others) to tell them all about Trapper (and his minions) without being invited to do so, and how she was doing everything that she could to have him banned. I called the tansy out on this practice and she wouldn't even address me directly and chose to write in circles and vague references.
Now, the tansy is accusing me of creating a rift and using her as a means to do so. She has stated, "Then the number comes back and seeks her next target, whose next Loquat? Could it be you? Will it be Tomi because if he says something this number doesn't like the number will target him. There's you saying, dear number friend in one of your posts, so the number is having an influence on you, how is a stirrer a dear friend?" It takes some extraordinary intention and mental gymnastics to generate these kinds of accusations. What would be the benefit to this behavior? Getting people to choose "sides?" What kind of petulant juvenile thinking is this? This is a debate forum and a place to discuss opposing views, not a game of Red Rover.
At least, Trapper has made no bones about what he does and has the cajones to address someone, specifically, and my choice to not respond is my own. I wrote about shunning because it could be appropriate for others to contemplate for their own peace of mind, not to generate some herd mentality for all to engage in.
If a rift exists, then it is within one's own heart and mind, not by anything that anyone else writes or believes and that is precisely what I had been attempting to articulate about shunning. Why allow someone else to determine how I feel or what I believe? There are very specific passages that discusses this:
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
28 A froward man soweth strife: and a whisperer separateth chief friends.
29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way [that is] not good.
30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass.
1 Peter 2:11-16
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
For the avoidance of any doubt, there's a huge difference between denying being un unwitting piggy in the middle for anyone, and accepting that the allegation made against a third party has any basis in fact.
I knew nothing of the shenanigans going on in the background about the trapeze artiste, and was not a party to it. I was quite open about my attitude to his mo, and my choice to ignore him & others is also my own. I have more than sufficient mental capacity to make my own decisions, and need no encouragement or incitement by anyone else. Tansy is patently mistaken to give you the credit for my actions, and I'm sure she will be the first acknowledge her error after further reflection.
I believe she has also apologized for her earlier treatment of the artiste, and I think that should be accepted in good grace. I prefer not to think the worst of anyone's motives until evidence to the contrary is overwhelming, and I will even reconnect with my abusers if/when I'm apprised of any developments that warrant it.
No worries chuck, & apology accepted.
Yes indeed, I had been considering the Coventry treatment for quite some time, and it was entirely fortuitous that the number came along around the same time that I had finally resolved to implement a new regimen for myself. You do not need to assume that a cabal is being organised against the boarder formerly known as the artiste, or anyone else for that matter.
Now hopefully we can all calm down before someone bursts a blood vessel.