Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Just don't do it!

Okay, I confess: I try to be nice and not anger members of my extended family, but sometimes I just get really pissed off when I get an email that starts (or ends) with the following words:

This is not sent for discussion, if you agree forward it, if you don't, fine, delete it. I don't want to know one way or the other. By me forwarding it, you know how I feel.

But I'm really starting to get annoyed at the number of these emails I'm getting from people who should know better. Maybe I don't want to know your opinion if you don't want to know mine. It really doesn't seem fair to expect me to not offend you if you don't care that you might offend me.

So, what to do? I've been simply deleting and ignoring them, but somehow it leaves me feeling angry and frustrated. I suppose family peace is a noble undertaking, but why is it the offender doesn't feel that same dedication to family? Or maybe he is just unthinking; I'd hate to think he's uncaring.

Can it be that he really doesn't understand this might be offensive? He knows that he and I don't agree on political issues, and he has stopped sending overtly political emails. But somehow he doesn't understand that we might not see eye-to-eye on other issues, as well.

I have to ponder this for a while and decide how to approach it. Family feuds just aren't my cup of tea.

1 comment:

  1. I can sympathize. I don't have family members who send such emails but acquaintances and a few friends. Generally I respond by sending an email that promotes my stance on the issue. That has helped stopped some of them.

    However, family seems to make things more complicated....which is interesting since family is where one should be able to express feelings without reprecussion. Alas, I have not found that to be true. I will keep my fingers crossed for you, though!