As I mentioned...I haven't met a kiter I didn't like, nor that I didn't feel liked me too!! Not a one!! We all shared the same interest. I'm into kiting and the future of kiting is important to me. But when I receive honest e-mails from people concerned about me and warning me about the "bad guys" in the sport.....
Then I just Shine a Light on it...I make it public!
If it is false, no one is hurt and all become more aware...
If it is true, then the "bad guys" will run...and will know that we are aware!
Other then my looking like a fool, which I probably am (heehee), it's a "no lose" to just tell the truth of my experiences.
As a relative newcomer to Kiting and active in forums, I have received enough personal e-mails, from concerned people, warning me about the downside of kiting…as if to protect me from the bad guys, that I thought I say a word on the subject. [Note: the word guys refers to both sexes as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.]
First off let me mention that…I havent met a single person in kiting yet, that I didnt like and respect…and that I didnt think the feeling was mutual, even though in comparison I am a newcomer to the sport. So then, I really dont know what they are talking about. But then my experience has been very limited, in kiting, to the AKA forum, the Kitelife forum and the TISKC (Treasure Island Sports Kite Competition) which I recently attended. But, Im sure there are some bad actors in kiting, just as in anything else…I just havent run across any of them in the places Ive been.
But I know…Kiting doesnt make angry people, but there are probably some angry people that fly kites. Just as in any other art form that requires self discipline, perseverance and skill. Like as in the martial arts…The martial arts does not make people angry fighters. On the contrary, a black belt (those that are really accomplished in their art) is usually wrapped around a peaceful loving person, who rarely ever has, or wants, to fight! And when they have to fight…anger never takes part in anything that is going down.
Any person that has anger when kiting, whether in a group fly or in competition or within the politics that sometimes occurs with groups…brought that anger to the table on their own…Kiting Does Not make angry people!
So, how should an angry person be dealt with, becomes the question. The saying that, One bad apple spoils the whole bunch is true when it comes to apples, but we arent apples…we are people…people who this kiting thing is really important to and we are people that dont want to throw any other people, or bad apples, away!
The answer is very simple…Anger is simply FEAR! If someone is angry…find out what they are afraid of…and take that fear away from them!! This is the responsibility of anyone that loves kiting to all other kiters, no matter what their actions are!
And what gives me the right to even speak on this subject when I am fairly new to Kiting?…Simply put I Love Kiting and I Love People and fear isnt going to part of my world!
And for the angry people who may take offence to what I have just said and may challenge my right to say it (as a newbie, so to speak) let me mention that, I was a machine gunner in Vietnam, but I never fired a shot in anger, only out of duty and honor to my country. And now 35, or so, years later I have the same values as I did back then and no one is going to be angry around me without my trying to help to take that fear away from them!!