A difficult family situation has meant that I'm unable to participate in lengthy debates at the current time, although I've been able to read everything with great interest - which leads me to the following:the_accursed wrote:As for the rest of this discussion...if you don't mind, I'm just going to drop out of it. Needless to say, I still think Alexander was a half-wit. But from now on, I'm only going to think it.
I sincerely hope that you change your mind about not contributing further to this particular debate. I may not (do not) agree with everything that you've said but you have raised interesting points and argued exceedingly well for your opinions. I'm sorry that you (and probably some other Pothosians) feel that the discussion is causing "dissension". Yes, there are posts earlier in the debate which could accurately be described as such, but there is more than one party to any debate and I regret that things were taken personally on both sides. I only ask that you do not think of us only as a "fan site" even though there are members who may appear to you and others to be fans of Alexander. And I ask that you do not dismiss them outright just because they are "fans". They do have a right to participate and I would actively encourage them to do so, just as I'm trying to encourage you right now. I would never dismiss your opinions just because you don't like the man. Your views about Alexander may be extreme as regards this forum, but they're as welcome as any input from someone who has great admiration for the man. Yes, admirers will likely receive more positive reinforcement from others but that's because they have the greater numbers, something I think is to be expected. I'm sure you feel you stand alone, which I can understand because of the extremity of your views (on Pothos) about Alexander and other leaders throughout history, but, as it has been said before in this debate, there are members who do not consider themselves fans. If we all focus on discussing Alexander rather than each other - and I do mean WE - then there's the potential for some increasingly fascinating debates, much as this thread has been for the greater part.
I am hoping to contribute to the discussion of Alexander's intelligence as soon as more time presents itself and I really do hope you are still participating.
With best regards,