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We are customers here. I wonder what would happen if some of those customers terminated their Motley Fool subscriptions because of the way the board is being mismanaged.

Back when The fool (small f) charged to participate on these boards your argument made sense. But now that the boards are free, I suspect The fool (small f) neither gains nor loses when somebody sings their swan song.

And, FWIW, my take on the aj episode. I disagree with The fool's tossing him. But aj has made it plain he's getting on with his life and doesn't feel like he's lost something valuable. I wish everybody would just let it go. You can't fight The fool. They have the power.

To that end, a short parable:

An old Grandfather said to his grandson, who came to him with anger at a friend who had done him an injustice, "Let me tell you a story.

"I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times."

He continued, "It is as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him, and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.

"But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.

"Sometimes, it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit."

The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"

The Grandfather smiled and quietly said, "The one I feed."


Charlie Brown
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