I must start this posting with an apology to readers who do not live in Merida. What will follow is only pertinent to those who do.
This has not been the best year for the international community of Merida. We have seen the formation of many cliques and factions whose goal is to bad-mouth and actually try to eliminate the good reputation of those not in their intimate circle. This serves NO useful purpose I can see, except to foster acrimony and tension.
I have seen people vilified. I have seen slander and hearsay presented as absolute truth. I have seen fabrications held up as evidence. I have seen minute mistakes paraded out in front of God and everyone as gross misconduct.
I myself have been the target of gossip and in one terrible instance – random violence.
Let me tell you how that feels.
When you are victimized and you cannot for the love of God see why, you feel violated and naked. It seems that everything you ever believed in has been proven a lie. You feel like a total failure and you feel terrified. You want to run away.
When this happened to Jorge and I, flight was our first response and as we prepared to make a hurried exit from Merida, something changed in us. We lived in fear… looked over our shoulders all the time. We were afraid to answer the telephone for Christ’s sake!
Then one day, as we drove past a house on Calle 66 and saw a realtor showing a smiling couple a property for sale, I turned to Jorge and said, “Look at those lucky people… they get to live here.” I started to cry and Jorge pulled the car over. He asked me, “What are we doing?” “We are letting the bad guys win. We are letting them scare us off.”
Shell-shocked for a few minutes, we each deliberated silently. Then we just kind of snapped. “HELL NO!” we both said. And we drove home and began putting our life back together. It took some time and quite frankly, we won’t ever be the same. We know bad things can happen.
But you know what? We’ll deal with that again if we have to.
And I see it happening to many others. Honorable people… people who have made positive contributions to our community and you know what? I AM SICK TO DEATH OF IT!!!!!
If the fear mongers and malicious gossips have nothing better to do with their time, I wish to Hell they’d go do it somewhere else. I have lived here for 35 years. Up until 5 years ago, my world was productive and peaceful. Now, there are small minded people with too much time on their hands, morphing into true crime investigators and trying to put a lot of sordidness into my life.
I have kept pretty quiet about this topic. I have hoped these turkeys would tire of their maliciousness. But, today a friend has been attacked by the poisoned pen and I cannot keep quiet. any longer.
Reg Deneau is my friend. He is one of the best people I have ever had the honor to know. I will defend him and I urge the rest of his many admirers to do likewise. All this fighting has to stop- NOW! And we should remember that “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones!”
We have the privilege of living in a magical, wonderful corner of the world. We must not sit by any longer and allow a bunch of lowlifes to spoil it for us. Don’t listen to the gossip, don’t believe what they say. Each of us has innate ability to recognize the truth when we see it. We know what is right. Let’s live by it!