The good, the bad, and the ugly: An appeal for civility.

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

The good, the bad, and the ugly: An appeal for civility.

1977 was when I got started down this road of Bigfoot research that means I have now interacted with the Bigfoot community off and on for over 35 years. A lot has changed and I have witnessed the good, the bad, and the ugly. Whenever the bad and the ugly took control I found myself repelled from the Bigfoot community and I would just focus on the good which was the ongoing experiences with Bigfoot and my interactions with we old-timers in the field. One thing that I have never understood is how the Bigfoot community tends to chew-up and spit out its own members. I was the recipient of this a couple of times, the first happening in the mid-1980’s when I proffered the notion of Bigfoot living in family groups, where there is one there are others, evidenced from the Ostman story. The onslaught of attacks that came was my first experience in the brutality that the Bigfoot community is capable of and that drove me underground for nearly 15 years until I gave in to Ray Crowe’s request to start talking about my experiences publicly.

The bad and the ugly show themselves as attacks, the impugning of a person’s integrity, even blatant lies and innuendo designed to bring into question any validity or legitimacy of a person’s research. That bad and the ugly show up when others begin to focus on people instead of learning more about the Bigfoot as a species. The reality is that people are imperfect. People make mistakes, errors in judgment, have moments of irrationality, get angry, say the wrong things, and so much more. When we focus on the people we are going to find imperfection and that brings down the integrity of the field of Bigfoot research as a whole.

I am beginning to see the bad and the ugly begin to rear its horrible head once more and it is alarming. I am witnessing attacks in many against individuals and even groups of people because of some error or something that someone disagrees with. The reality is simply this, no one has all of the answers and there is no black and white, there are shades of gray and the world is a messy place. This is why we at Bigfootology are constantly beating the drum about not allowing personal attacks and that we are all in this together, we all are holding pieces of the puzzle and when we work together we will find the solutions. We need each other to accomplish the goal of this field which is the establishment of the species.

Whether a person likes another person, or not, because of flaws in their personality does not discredit the work they have done. We must divide the person from the accomplishment and recognize the accomplishment. So this is my petition to the Bigfoot community to learn to respect each other, be patient with each other, show some grace for each other, and learn to get along. This is actually why I designed that Bigfootology T-shirt that says, “Can’t you all just get along?” Let us stay focused on the phenomenon and stop consuming our own because it drives good people from this field. It is not healthy and will accomplish nothing.

Learn to assume goodwill in others. Disagreement should not make people enemies. Look beyond the disagreements and realize that most of the people in this field are good and decent people who I would be happy to share a campfire with and swap stories of these things that go bump in the night.

– Rhettman A. Mullis, Jr., MS, MHP

Category : Bigfootology Field Report

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