melly explains it best. which is rather necessary, considering the sorryass state of a flamewar in which opinions are selectively deleted, as adressed quite succinctly by michele (be sure to read the first comment on that post, it’s a little added insight). that comment (well, it’s an email, actually) clearly re-states this fact: Tess did indeed take offense to melly and i posting about Jess, her CD collection, the robbery, and her wishlist, in light of the Holocaust. she fully admits this. ok. that’s not even a leap of logic. there is no logic. it’s just a petty personal attack, the motivation for which i cannot fathom. and the mention of a robbery and the Holocaust in the same sentence is rather an affront to the millions of lives lost, isn’t it? Ezrael helps to put this in perspective, as well. and i have to ask, if the Holocaust is our standard against which we must measure loss, well, i suppose we should respond to the victims of pretty much any crime with a terse ‘suck it up and deal’, yes? no, that makes no sense. none whatsoever. [edited to add] also, Faith has some perspective on this, the Holocaust is a very close personal part of her history.
the attack, passive-aggresively couched in the context of linkage to something universally appalling, was a sign of some deeper issues, of that i’m sure. the follow-up post contains more vitriol and rage than i’ve seen in one place in a long, long time. an ugly thing to see.
for the record, i’m with Nancy. i also think the Holocaust was a Very Bad Thing. it isn’t stopping me from helping my friends. i’ll continue to have empathy for those who suffer loss, and continue to be puzzled why this would piss someone off. you just never know, i guess.