This world is filled with lots of different people, colours, religious beliefs, scientific beliefs, sexual beliefs and preferences, talents and intelligence, disabled and abled, chronically ill, dying and newborns.
Without all these things the world would be a very dull place. I am reminded of a line in a cheesy movie but it is a good line.
Morgan Freeman in Robin Hood Prince of Thieves responds to a little girl when asked why god painted him black something along the lines of "because Allah loves all colours of the rainbow and the world would be a very dull place if he did not"
That sentiment lives with me. Without all the colours of the rainbow and all the wonderful different cultures this world has (extreme and not) it would be a very dull place. I often think of Star Trek The Next Generation and think the world would really be dull if it were like that - everyone in the world agreeing on everything, no one bucking trends or rebelling and discovering new things.
The biggest thing that needs to be learned in this world is tolerance. It would serve many well to consider that word when posting on a forum, specifically this forum, when dealing with some truly wonderful people here who have one thing in common. We all love to knit. Without the various cultures and differences between us all, there would be a lack of creative patterns coming through from the people who post here.
I know Femi wanted a rainbow pattern - I was going to look something out for her because years ago before my brother came out to the rest of the family, he used to wear a very very long Dr Who like scarf that was completely rainbow blocked. It was fabulous and hand knitted. It was used as a scarf, as a blanket type thing when snuggling on the sofa, as a long tear wiper when we all would go to the movies and see a tear jerker movie (it would run the length of the row and 10 of us would wipe our eyes with it). Best of all it was used as a big cuddly arm to go around me when I was feeling blue or lonely or forgotten about.
I come from a catholic family and something learned along the way is to accept people as they are and embrace their differences.
I didn't get to see what was said, I meant to go back to the thread but then it was too late.
I thank the mods for stopping a potential nasty situation, and hope that anyone who was deeply opinionated and passionate on the matter is able to contain that passion, and remember we are all woven together in the world of knitting.
Think of us like a Noro scarf where the colours meld together and intertwine to make something beautiful.