I received an unsolicited message from one of my neighbors, Jim Lynch, who copied his message to all 54 unit owners of Bedfordshire Condominiums. Herewith is my reply to Jim, along with his original message to me, attached below.
From: Barry Kort
To: Jim Lynch
CopyTo: All 54 Unit Owners of Bedfordshire Condominiums
Subject: Come Let Us Reason Together
Date: June 30, 2015
What happened to the Myers is not an instance of anti-semitism, Jim. It's an instance of dysanthropy, unjust treatment, discrimination. The same kind of unjust treatment was visited upon Native Americans, upon African Americans, upon Irish and Italian Americans, upon Catholics, upon Jews, upon Japanese Americans, and upon my colleagues in academia. It's a pogrom, Jim. My ancestors came to this country to get away from pogroms. The Colonists came here from England to get away from an oppressive Monarchy.
Unjust oppression is ubiquitous in human history, and it's despicable any where, anytime, regardless of who is the victim.
The Trustees have a long long history of autocratic, dysanthropic, undemocratic, unethical, venal, abusive, unbecoming, and ochlocratic pattern of governance dating back to Roger Walker, some twenty-five years ago.
When I went to look up your e-mail address, Jim, I pulled up an outdated copy of the directory and inadvertently copied the e-mail address of Joe Dini, the previous owner of your unit. After explaining to me why he decided to leave Bedfordshire, he wrote this:
2000 years ago a guy got fed up with people following the strict interpretation of the law - like it was illegal to cure sick people on the sabbath or stone sexual deviants - but alas, his followers created a whole new religion, which in essence says that all would be accepted. But over time the high and mighty attitude crept back in and we have those "pious" zealots going back to strict interpretation of the law we go. Guess another person has to get "nailed" to bring us back to sanity.
I responded to Joe thusly:
The Trustees routinely blunder in this manner, Jim. By my count, this is at least the sixth major blunder in this oft-recurring pattern.
I don't expect the Trustees to change their mind, nor do I expect you to change your mind. You have declared your belief system (Hammurabism) and I have declared mine (Science). I expect you to act in accordance with your belief system and you can expect me to act in accordance with mine.
But consider this, Jim. World class scientists have examined Hammurabism and found it wanting. That's not exactly a new observation. The founders of all the world's great religions came to the same conclusion. And now so has modern science. Hammurabism is on the wrong side of history, Jim.
On Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 3:59 PM, Jim Lynch wrote:
"Whereof we cannot express a theory, we must narrate a story instead.'' —Umberto Eco
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