I just got hung up on. I called back the scammer again and tried to say, “hey, I am not here to judge you, but are you aware how many people you hurt?” … so, I got hung up on again.
I don’t know how many craigslist transactions I have done in my life. I remember when Craig Newmark had only San Francisco as his market, and in tech conferences, he spoke of a simple and noble idea, that being “I had something I didn’t need, and instead of throwing it away, I figured someone else might want or need it.”
that might be the simplest explanation of how craigslist started. I am amazed what the site has grown to and what it has done for society. I also get sad that within the system, you will have people trying to scam the system.
I was surprised to post a generator online and have all the calls from Florida and Texas. after the hurricaine, i got several calls from my dear friends asked if I could come with the chainsaws and help them. I simply did not have time as we have to ramp down here where it took too long to make a decision and there is too short of a time to get all the things done with people that have nice dreams but forget that you have to work and put in effort for things to change. I guess experience is like that. you can tell someone the reality of time and cost – but some don’t get it – as they don’t do the work.
I digress – my lesson on the past few days has been merciful. and I must confess, this is becoming a challenge as we are but humans – yet – in the spiritual growth, usually the great lessons you learn comes at a high cost. I remember what it cost me to learn to love an enemy.
these weeks I am learning what it costs to be merciful and leave the judging up to a higher power. While one moment I am amazed at how it works and opens the door to change a human heart and soul – it doesn’t come without a great deal of pain.
it is funny how we value things that are material and we can hold in our hands and how little time we spend trying to gain the riches that exist inside our heart.
yes, the later takes too much time, you will make lots of mistakes – and the truth is it will be painful, yet, you one day, you realize you are not making the journey alone. and that is the priceless hope and faith that beyond our limited time here on this planet, something far greater exists.
but I must confess. This isn’t fun to walk out. While I didn't get scammed, I did waste a few hours of time and hopefully learned a bit. I also know that for the myriad of people that are mainly decent on craigslist, there will be a few that try to take advantage of others. all I can do here is light up a candle and pray for them. I don’t wish anyone to go to that space of enteral misery and suffering- even my enemies.