Originally Posted By: rray
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Okay, I’m going to have to edit this post after checking my email inbox which I had not checked in the last 12 hours. Thanks to all who have written. I don’t have time to respond to each of you individually so I shall do it publicly.
I have left NACHI, perhaps only temporarily, but nevertheless.
I need to devote time to my business.
People keep saying that I can boycott the Inspirational thread. That's not fair. All people need inspiration. But inspirational should be inspirational, not preaching. I draw inspiration from many sources, many of those sources being religion. That in and of itself does not bother me. Preaching in the wrong place at the wrong time by the wrong idiot bothers me. I recognize, though, that religion does a lot of good for a lot of people, just not me per s? in the typical sense of "religion" as most intelligent creatures of the world understand "religion."
For example, I'd be willing to bet that, notwithstanding any individual's like or dislike of some of the people quoted here, every one of these is inspirational to every intelligent person who reads them, Will notwithstanding:
The value of experience is not in seeing all, but in seeing wisely. (unknown)
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. (George Harrison)
I treat myself nicely, very nicely. I happen to like myself. I think I'm a good person. (Whoopi Goldberg, loosely quoted)
Do the best you can with what you've got when you've got it. (unknown)
When I'm wrong, I change my mind. What do you do? (Albert Einstein)
Quality will bring quantity. (Russel Kirk unless someone can prove someone else said it earlier)
Here's something that's not inspirational:
I don't find inspiration in a big, ostentatious building, which all chuches seem to relish. Let's see. Can we build a bigger church than them to show that our God loves us more than their god loves them? Church buildings in and of themselves turn me off in a big way. I find inspiration out in nature and in helping people and being helped by people. When I think of the millions of dollars that the Mormon Church spent on their ostentatious temple here, it just sickens me. And it's not just the Mormons. They simply seem to be at the forefront of ostentatiousness today. If God is so wonderful, does he really need these ostentatious monuments to his glory? If so, I don't want anything to do with Him. Mother Teresa had it right.
Religious political extremist absolutist fanatic jerks like Will do nothing but stir up hard feelings between peoples and religions. None of the crap that Will has posted is inspirational. All his crap is preaching and proselytizing. There is a difference but a lot of people are not intelligent enough to see, know, or understand the difference between preaching and inspiration. They simply think that their way is the only way, and since they find their way inspirational, it must be inspirational for everyone. That's crap.
Quoting Bible verses is not inspiration; that's preaching, plain and simple. I know most NACHI people are intelligent enough to know that. But as long as there are idiotic, ignorant, self-righteous, all-knowing a--holes like Will in the world, there will always be 9/11s, Spanish Inquisitions, Holocausts, etc. Surely NACHI can do better. Who has contributed more to NACHI, Will with his Bible thumping, or the various Russel Kirks who contribute more than anti-Bible thumping? Who bears the greatest loss here?
Fighting jerks like William is taking too much time, yet I find it difficult to be silent and let jerks like him carry the day. Thank someone's God for the American Civil Liberties Union which does understand that America is not a religious theocracy and that the Founding Fathers, their backgrounds notwithstanding, definitely never intended it to be a religious theocracy. That's what they were running away from, folks. Here's what I'll do. I value my time at $100 per hour. I'll take the time that I could be spending here contradicting the great Will and simply send my money to the American Civil Liberties Union to help put a stop to those who are trying to change a great nation into an Iraqi-like religious theocracy. They do a more professional job than I can do, and that will allow me to dedicate my time to more home inspections, which will, of course, lead to more money to send to the ACLU. What a great system!
My grandmother, a very religious Catholic, constantly told me, "Never discuss sex, religion, or politics." She had a first grade education yet she was wise beyond the world. Regretfully, I had forgotten her wise words and it has cost me a lot of time.
Right now I want to dedicate myself to home inspections, being helped by other home inspectors, and helping other inspectors. For the most part, NACHI is not doing that for me right now. I'm going back over to inspectionnews.com as far as bulletin boards go, and I'll decide which home inspection organization is right for me in 2004.
When something is too loosely organized, as I believe NACHI is, it usually is just as bad as when something is too stringently organized, as I believe ASHI and CREIA are.
I'd like to see NACHI be a home inspection organization, the best home inspection organization. But I think it is too loosely organized to get to that level, and I don't have the time right now to help give it direction. There's a reason why organizations and society have rules and regulations; one cannot yell "Fire" in a crowded theater. Sex, religion, and politics should be discussed between individuals off line. If you'd like a moderator for the NACHI message board to oversee sex, religion, and politics, I might be willing to volunteer.
I don't have the time right now to dedicate to NACHI and helping it grow. I'll keep my membership active for the moment, but I'm editing all my controversial posts in controversial subject areas and will leave only those that pertain to home inspection questions.
I will not participate in any threads other than monitoring this one for a little while, nor will I participate in NACHI at this point. As soon as the great, all-knowing, I'm-the-only-person-who-knows-the-truth, religious political extremist absolutist fanatical jerk William posts some crap in this thread, I will quit monitoring it also.
I'm history, which means, of course, margarita time.