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[Posted] Monday, May 21, 2001
Faith and Lemonade
Faith is that area of human experience that allows us to believe. In a higher power, in our fellow humans, in the triumph of good over evil. An act of faith requires that you suspend your rational abilities and believe something that you cannot demonstrate or repeat like a scientific experiment.
I know that the web is the greatest intellectual achievement in the history of the human race. This knowledge goes beyond my rational brain, into that area of human experience called profound faith. I am not a religious person. I am a semi-rational individual who doesn't take much on faith.
So begins my story of how I came to the web. Among drunks and dope fiends, this is a common tale. Not a pretty picture. Not a very nice person. I have been a liar, a cheat, and a fraud.
Confession by it's very nature is a dangerous step to take. Having taken this step and exposed myself as a fallible person, I have made the decision to share who I was in the hope that it may help someone on the crossroad between insanity and recovery. Also to give you an insight into the road I travelled to become the person I am today.
Randall van der Woning is a guy with faith, a connection to the web and the ability to write and share. For over a year he told the story of Kaycee, the 19 year old girl battling leukemia.
I got caught up in the story and so did a bunch of other folks. I mentioned it in my news because people I have met across the web believed and mentioned it. I had faith in these people. By their websites I grew to know them, and believed in what they wrote. It was based on my faith about the web.
It was a story of cancer, chemo, large and small victories, poetry and sunshine. The story almost ended on May 17th with the announcement of her death. This site is resounding across the net as a hoax.
Lemons and Lemonade
I understand Randall's decision. I don't agree with it. I would repost it. Why? A lot of what I believe comes from stories. Just because I cannot point to a brick and say this is the cornerstone of my faith makes it no less real for me.
Kaycee's story resonated in our minds and in our hearts. Denial is futile. There are too many links and comments posted. The truth of the words is an issue to those people who wanted to believe and have discovered it was a story built from bits and pieces. So it isn't true. Does that fact bother you? How much of what you believe is verifiable? What can you say with absolute certainty that can be demonstrated to others?
This is not the first (remember the couple who were going to lose their virginity on the web?), nor will it be the last. You can bitch about the lemons or you can make lemonade.
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