Why I faded from Open Discussion
I'm reposting this here just for those who may have wondered why they no longer see me post in the "Open Discussion" forums and why I'm not in the group any longer.
It may have easily been missed because the title of the thread indicated a very unsexy, uncontroversial topic:
Resigning a Hopeless Stalemate & Unwinnable Positions
If there is anything I have learned from Chess.com, it is to recognize when there is a hopeless stalemate or unwinnable position. When the game no longer offers anything to be learned, offer a draw. If they refuse, resign.
What's the point in 2 kings chasing each other around the board? Or worse: 12 kings of different colors chasing each other around a 144x144 board. That is the image I have of what Open Discussion is like.
So you know what? I give up. I should have known better, but I was looking for intelligent game afoot. I peeked in here for intelligent stimulus which often leads to personal growth. There's Intelligence & there's passion in here, but rarely any compassion. Why did I assume this place would be different than any other online venue where religious discussions are unmoderated? Shame on me.
I know I won't be able to sway those that are truly devoted to their god/worldview, and I will not be swayed from my concept of the sacred as well. To engage in this rhetoric is not helping me grow personally and frankly, I don't think anyone in the Open Forums has grown any more from this internecine war of words - but rather have just hardened their positions, and in the process perhaps their hearts to. I do not want to be "that guy".
If any of you feel the same, I would recommend you do the same and do an "Open Seek" on friendlier forums. Or better yet, pour this energy and time into the one or more of the many groups to which you belong that may have languishing forums.
I wish you luck in the rest of this perpetual, unwinnable tournament. I tip my King, reach my hand over the board and say "Good Game."