I offer this message under the unique perspective of having unexpectedly lost my father at a rather young age just last night/early this morning. Though he had been battling adverse conditions, he was subject to an accident that provided circumstances unable to be overcome.
I offer this not in search of sympathy or to provide an explanation as to why I may be absent in coming days, but to reaffirm the truly significant things in life. Our passions are fun and often admirable, but we mustn't lose sight that the highs and lows experienced through our fandom are of strict leisure and relatively insignificant. I too can be accused for participating in contentious exchange with posters here. Unfortunately, per the natural tendency to lose sight of true importance, I very well may again. In this state of reflection, I offer my apologies to those with whom my interactions were likely too personal and severe for the topics of a mere game.
Do not lose sight that we are people behind the impersonal presence on a forum. We are more than screen names and certainly defined by much more than our viewpoints on our beloved Raiders. I urge everyone to increase efforts to not only respect one another and appreciate individual perspective, but to make conscious attempts to understand the derivation and reasoning behind said perspective. I urge everyone to acknowledge our commonality as a community of shared passion and interest, and place that commonality above our differences.
This is but a mere forum created for the purpose of discussing a mere game. Still, appreciate it's ability to forge relationship above its ability to spur debate. We can be friends to the extent allowed by such an impersonal medium. Acknowledge one another as equals of equal joys and adversities presented by life. This forum is a collection of people, not simply posters.
For as long as this message resonates, contemplate the worthiness of tension before engagement. Recognize one another as allies and not sparring partners. Our hopes are shared. Our interests are united. Our lives our real. Thanks