PeterB wrote:Having had occasion several times recently to reflect on the matter I have reached the conclusion that my style is not appropriate for the house style of the forum, The result is that it simply causes problems and dissonance. I accept full responsibility for this, it is in no way a refelection on the forum or its stimulating members or excellent mods. However I have become an unwitting cause of dissonance.
So, with real gratitude and heaps of metta to all I will take my leave.
This is not an appeal for sympathy or an invitation to change my mind. Really.
I've always considered your style to be appropriate. And I've always appreciated your contributions to discussions.
IMO (and I'm sure you're aware of this too) this type of internet forum conversation -- where bits of each participants contribution are frozen in time, and there is no possibility of fully ascertaining the tone or the body language or the general disposition, etc., of the other participants comments in real time and in person -- imposes some limitations on accurate interpretation and understanding which would not be present in person to person conversation. Thus, for myself it seems important to generally give other posters the benefit of assuming that they are not trying to cause dissonance; and informed disagreement is always an opportunity for me to learn and to try to improve my own communication skills. On that note, this thread has demonstrated my lack of accurately considering your perspective when I carelessly added your post to the OP without clarification of why your post stimulated me to create this thread in the first place.
Anyway, I wish you'd continue here, as Dhamma Wheel is richer with you than without you. But as you feel that it's time to take leave, I respect that too. It's my hope that you'll at least keep open the possibility of returning at some point.
All the best,