Why are you mocking the pain of Mr. Chu?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Cacophony : One Thread
To everyone who has made it their concern,
This group activity in "Frank's honor" is nothing more than a
heartless laugh at the pain of an individual who may be struggling
with a serious mental condition (for which neither he nor anyone
understands or has the resources to help). Carefully consider if you
would wish another person (or group) to seek entertainment at the
expense of your pain. I used to smile and laugh at Mr. Chu before I understood that his
behavior ("crusade") is part of great personal pain. I cannot and
won't speak for Mr. Chu, but I will say that it makes me very sad
when I see this treatment of others in pain (however innocent or well-
meaning). I believe I have some idea of how dismissively the school
kids that teased Andy or the Trenchcoat Mafia might have taken this
letter had I addressed it to them before the San Diego and Columbine
shootings. I guess that I want to believe that circuses discontinued
peep shows (of deformed individuals) for more than economic reasons.
And I want to believe that the way Charlie's co-workers treated him
in "Flowers For Algernon" was just fiction. But this event is yet
another example of why it's not.
This "ceremony" cannot be in the honor of Mr. Chu as he has no
awareness of it. This event is nothing more than a group of
individuals (adults) who have chosen to spend their free time hunting
down and mocking the pain of a fellow human being by praising the
manifestations of his problem(s). I would be ashamed to participate
in this cruel act. I see no difference between this event and
laughing at a homeless person over their condition (of which any of
us might someday be).
Instead, I would like live in a world where people spent more
of their time and energy helping others rather than hurting them.
T. A. Zadourian
-- Kat (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 13, 2001
clearly your letter is a prank OR you are seriously out of touch with the email string on this subject. I do not recall anyone on this topic Laughing or mocking Frank. the ceremony & shoe giving is a sincere gesture of admiration with respect to his unique personality & tenacious crusade. Cacophony celebrates individuals like Frank (E. Norton) and what the contribute to our local culture. if you weren't so unclear or narrow-minded you might have known this.
-- Lauren Gaines (email@example.com), April 26, 2001.