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Old 09-15-2001, 02:22 AM   #1
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Default Food for thought

This was a mailing from Killer Tactics Journal, and I thought it was relevant to this forum and it's discussions.

Dear KTJ Subscriber,

Yesterday's attack was not just an attack on physical buildings
- it was an attack on *your* business. It doesn't matter where
you live - businesses around the world were attacked yesterday -
make no mistake.

Some fear this attack will be "the straw that broke the camel's
back" and send us spinning into a new depression.

I have to admit that yesterday, my first reaction was a poor
one. Frankly, I was ready for war and even told people to
protect themselves for such. Some people mistook my advice to
mean, "Take guns to the streets and riot." Yikes.

After the fact, I realized that *the* most important thing was
to remain calm. I quickly began urging everyone to do so.

However, now that we're all calm and collected, should we allow
this to lower our spirits?

Demoralizing our people and paralyzing our country is exactly
what the terrorists want. Does it have to be so?

Yesterday evening I realized it was time to get back to
business. I gave a friend of mine that advice and it was met
with great resistance. My friend said, "Have some respect for
the victims of the bombings! This needs to be a time of

Hmmm... I wonder. Is that really the best thing? I had to
respectfully disagree with my friend.

I told him that the worst thing we can do is to do nothing. Yes
we need to mourn, we need to grieve, but we also need to move
forward. I pray that those who lost their lives, their friends
and their families will not take this the wrong way. They truly
have my deepest sympathies, and every fiber of my being screams
out for justice, resolution, and peace.

We all feel this way, but we need to pick up the pace of
commerce and industry again with a renewed sense of resolve. I
don't know about you, but I refuse to let this cowardly attack
change my way of life or destroy my business - the business I
have sacrificed so much for in the last 7 years.

My business will move forward. Next week we will release a new
product right on schedule. Do not think for a second that
moving forward with your business is disrespectful of the
victims of this attack.

YOU were a victim of this attack. This was an attack on your
freedom, with the aim of paralyzing your way of life and the way
you conduct your business.

Conducting business as usual is disrespectful of no one - except
the cowards who are responsible for these acts.

Here is my plan. If you join me in this, you'll be doing your
part to get the economy - and our spirits - roaring back:

1. Market your products today with no sense of shame. Do so
with pride. As an act of defiance, engage in your marketing as
you normally would... Better - do so with renewed enthusiasm.

2. There is a purchase you've been putting off... Put it off no
longer. Make that purchase today.

3. Buy one product from one of your competitors.

4. Buy one thing that you don't need, but have wanted for a
long time.

5. When the markets open, buy a few shares with "going long" in

I urge you to begin again today with a renewed resolve. Let's
show these cowards we will not be stopped.

Forward this message to all of your friends. Join with me to
stop the virus of terrorism and spread the news of prosperity
and hope.

Let's do this. Not tomorrow. Not next week. Today. Right

All the best,


Mark Joyner
CEO, Aesop.com
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Old 09-15-2001, 03:00 AM   #2

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I agree!

This can apply to the business world....but change the wording a little, to our personal life!!

We need to move on, it has been a very depressing 4 days, feelings of numbness and disbelief.

But I think we need to show how tough we are if we are to fight this world wide tragedy together.

It will never be far from our minds I fear, for a loooooong time to come, but if we can rise above it and start to think some positive thoughts, we are halfway there.
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Old 09-15-2001, 03:11 AM   #3
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Those effected do have my deepest sympathy, although I also think it is time to move along a bit.

Edit: I think it is time to move a long a bit, although this is different for every human being on this planet. The key is when you are ready. I imagine that being in Australia has shielded be heavily from some of those distirbing horror stories, I've had no one I know directly effected by this tradgedy, it's still a very sad time although I imagine no where near as sad as what countless others are going through. I am well aware that I would be in a lot worse shape if I was actually near the building, I know that the thought of it's colapse would stay with me forever... constantly burning away.

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Old 09-15-2001, 03:23 AM   #4
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There is no right or wrong time to "move on"... some are ready, some are not... we each grieve at our own pace. We cannot chastise or cajole people into or out of grief...
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Old 09-15-2001, 09:56 AM   #5
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There is no right or wrong way for someone to handle their grief. Everyone must do what is right for themselves. If getting back to work is what is necessary, then by all means do it. If someone needs to take time off from work to deal with their grief then they should do it. Everyone is different and everyone must handle this in their own way.
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Old 09-15-2001, 12:35 PM   #6
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Ditto to what the others have said. Each of us has their own way and timeline on this issue. I'm very proud of all of you for the consideration, empathy, love, support, and rational thoughts which you have provided each other. You've set outstanding examples for others to emulate. Your actions should serve as models for other virtual Communitites to emulate.

Some relatives and friends of the 4K + deceased will need "closure" before they can move on. Unless you have been around death and the grieving process, this is a very hard concept to convey and explain via the keyboard.

Yesterday (9/14/01) GV had almost no posts and even lower trafic than before. For me, this is yet another signal that members of this Community which you have built and which you take great pride in are not yet ready to return to business as usuall. In short, it's your Community and it would be innapropriate, presumptious, and incensitive of me to attempt to direct you in one direction or the other.

Team Geek and myself call this " the Community will speak" or in some cases we use the term "the Community will tell us..."

This might sound a bit corny but it's been our mantra and outlook for nearly two years. It requires trust and respect.

If your ready to move on then please do. If your not, thats fine. Take as much time as you wish.

God Bless
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Old 09-15-2001, 03:03 PM   #7
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I must say that I agree that everyone needs to handle things in their own way.

I know personally that I'm still miserable over this. It's the first thought in my mind in the morning and the last thought in my mind in the evenings. I drove my family to the Jersey shore last night and when I got there I realized that every moment in the car was spent either talking about or thinking about the events of last tuesday.

In the last 2 days I have heard 2 more horror stories.
My insurance agent told me that a company he deals with, Empire Life, lost 100 of 125 employees. A freind of my mothers called with news that 4 of the 5 bridesmaids in her wedding party had lost their husbands.

The plane crashes and building crashes were horrific. The human loss is far, far greater.

Tomorrow is my parents 40th wedding anniversary and we all just decided to get together for a quiet dinner. Celebration is out of the question. My wife and I have decided to cancel our 10th anniversary vacation long planned for next month and donate the money to 5 families in our area that lost a loved one. I feel that by cancelling the trip we're "giving in" to the ******** that did this but we can't imagine going on a pleasure trip when there is just so much suffering.

We'll all come out of this when the time is right. Thankfully no one from this online community has lost a loved one. Having a place to share your thoughts with hundreds of others is theraputic and many thanks to Steve for providing such a place.

Sorry for the ramble....

It's all just ones and zeros.
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I feel that by cancelling the trip we're "giving in" to the ********
Oh Robert, it's not "giving in" any more than the people continuing to work in the rescue squads are "giving in." You're reaching out to people in greater need --the expression of kindess can never ever be interpreted as terrorists winning.
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Old 09-17-2001, 03:08 PM   #9
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I have been following events from the other side of the Atlantic and the harrowing tragedy, I still feel difficult to comprehend...I thought we would all wake up and find it hadn't happened.

When I was watching CNN it stated there were two other planes heading possibly towards the Whitehouse after the WTC attack, apart from the one shot down over Pennysylvania. Any news about these?


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