Well, another member from this Community has passed…
FortAnthem has lost his battle with Mesothelioma, as most do.
Normally, I’d just accept this as another Life Event, but this particular individual actually had an impact on the way I approach certain subjects
and matters, so my cynical nature well have to take a pass on this one, as I try and elucidate (this will be the only big word I use) why this
Community has lost one of its Best.
Some of the newer members may not know him, and if so, you missed out on someone that really did get it.
I’ve encountered All Types on these Boards, and usually try not to judge these individuals, as the anonymity of the internet distorts, at times,
the true nature of whom we run across. But David was different from Jump. Here was a guy that I first encountered in a Religious thread and attacked
him because of his beliefs, as they seemed a little too clean and dressed up to be truly righteous, but he wouldn’t take the bait. This irked
me…so, we exchanged U2Us shortly after our first encounter and it was then that I knew I wanted to get to know this guy.
Rather than defend his stance, he simply explained that my opinion mattered, but "mostly only to myself"…basically shut me down with one sentence,
and to add salt to the wound he did it politely. It was quite obvious he was far more confident in his philosophies than I was, so he had me.
As time went on, I found myself interested in his opinion on a variety of topics. He continued to impress…soon, my perception on certain subjects
began to change and for the better IMO. He never tried to influence my views, but that’s exactly why he was able to, though I really never let him
know that and probably should have. And now that I think about it, I never once saw him get into it with another member. He complained once about his
power being out, but who hasn't cursed their Local Public Utilities company..?
If you take a look at his last posts on the site, you’ll see they all centered around the Post a Funny Pic thread. Here was a guy that was in a
battle for his life, and rather than strike out at everything , he focused his attention on what made him happy. In my life experience, most people in
that situation break into a thousand little pieces with no hope of ever coming back together again. Understandably so, as a death sentence seems to do
that to people, but he managed to maintain the course.
This site had a big influence on him as well. He never faltered in his beliefs, but his view on certain subjects seemed to broaden. A true sign of an
Open Mind and one of the many benefits of being an ATS member. It also played a part in his battle with Cancer, as he received monetary compensation
from a Mesothelioma Lawsuit Pool, and used it to buy a Rife Machine, which he learned about on this site. Yes, someone so confident in Heaven still
wanted to live, as he had a wife and three children he loved, so he gambled on something controversial and unproven. Unfortunately, he was Stage 4
when they diagnosed him, so it was a fruitless endeavor, but it was his choice, and good on him for taking action. What the Hell else are you supposed
to do when fu(king Cancer comes calling..?
I met David on ATS in 2009, and was lucky enough that he had the patience to put up with me, otherwise I would have missed out on a friendship that
had True Value, something I don’t seem to find too often, be it on this site or out in the “Real World”.
So, I guess if there’s a message to be found in this lump of an OP (I don’t do Threads), don’t be so firm in your views that you blind yourself
to opportunity , whether it’s creating a new friendship or just thinking in a different way, ‘cause we have very little time on this planet, and
burning through it in a linear fashion seems to be quite the waste, and thanks to David I’m getting a second chance at that aspect of life.
Appreciate your time in reading this, as I wanted to give him a proper sending off. Now excuse me while I go self medicate...
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