We’re a family here, as we so often say, and in every family there will be squabbles, conflicts and things better left unsaid. Most of the time, it’s just the usual give and take, harsh words are spoken, hands are shook and everybody moves on.

But sometimes a conflict gets out of hand, sometimes actions are taken that are so completely out of character that it’s hard to understand just what happened. The one thing that is for sure is that, no matter how seemingly inexplicable, there is always a reason for everything.

We all have real families as well as this virtual one. Sometimes it’s easy to forget, but it’s true nonetheless, and what happens to us out there in “meatspace” will, of course, affect us here as well. When what happens in real life is a tragedy of such life altering proportions as to be pretty much unimaginable unless you’ve actually been there, the ramifications can be unpredictable. It’s hard to be your usual jovial self if your whole world is falling apart, quite literally. It’s hard to do anything, sometimes it’s all you can do to just stay alive.

We have one such member of our family now. If you don’t know of whom I’m talking, it doesn’t matter, but I think that most of you do. I can’t go into details, it’s not my place, but what I can say is that what happened is something I would not wish on anybody, ever, and whereas I’m not condoning or excusing anything that has happened as a result, I most certainly do understand. There but for the Grace of G-d go I.

And had it happened to me, had I been there right now, I would have asked for nothing but prayers, support and understanding, so that is what I’m offering myself.

I’m sorry, the room is getting very, very dusty now so I’ll just leave it at that.

Hang in there, buddy.


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By Emperor Misha I

Ruler of all I survey -- and then some.

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