NACHI is about to more than triple in size by sometime in 2008. With what we have coming in terms of member services and the expansion of all we’ve recently launched, this is very likely a gross underestimate. We’re going from big to enormous. This will come with some pain.
Recently, we fought a long legal battle to assure that this message board remains free speech (another smaller association tried to force us to adopt NAZI style censorship). We spent close to $200,000.00 in legal fees to preserve our message board user’s First Amendment rights. Why? Because this message board is NACHI’s brain, where we think (and yes argue) things out. To lose it would be like being beheaded.
I just picked up a book “Light on the Path Through the Gates of Gold” by Mabel Collins. The first lines in the book in Chapter 1 are “These rules are written for all disciples: Attend you to them. Before the eyes can see, they must be incapable of tears. Before the ear can hear, it must have lost its sensitiveness.” Now before anyone jumps to the conclusion that the author or I am asking everyone to become callous, that isn’t what I’m suggesting. What I’m saying is that the NACHI ship is becoming so enormous that we all need to keep our thinking clear and unemotional. Don’t let any post upset you. What you do with your completely autonomously run chapters is not for me to comment on, but with respect to this message board, which I consider the brain of NACHI, I urge you all to not let your emotions blur your vision and disrupt your poise. Like in the movie Master and Commander, if a cannon ball comes crashing through the wall near you or even injures you… I need you to man your station, not run away and hide because you are offended or hurt by someone’s comments. Keep fighting, without taking it personally. Point counter point is a healthy process, don’t get rattled.
I’m speaking mainly to the contributors (active posters) of this message board. You are but a small percentage of the total number of viewers and members. Together we are the brains of NACHI and a good brain works from knowledge, not emotion. NACHI fought to keep its head, I ask that you keep yours. We need you.