I don't wish to go on and on about this (but here I go anyway...)
I have just found a thread which asked what I thought was an interesting (and relevant) question. I sat down to read it, with of enthusiasim and joy - and now after reading it I am so disappointed. Not angry, not hurt, just truly disappointed! Again, a good thread has disintegrated into name calling, insults, childish behaviour and the like.
Now, sadly those involved all know so much more about the topic than I do - I concede that! However, I have to point out that being "right" (and I presume some of the answers are the right ones) doesn't mean that we can belittle others and lose our compassion.
I wonder how we would feel if our teachers / guru's were on this site, responding to posts in this kind of manner?
Me, I would be horrified and saddened!
However simplistic it may be, for me my practice and path is about being a better me - a more compassionate me, a wiser me, a kinder me, more aware of how I treat people around me, how I treat the world around me, the environment. By doing these things I am able to help those around me, not only in my actions, but in my words and daily encounters with them. I may not know the answers to the difficult questions, but I'm getting there - and right now seeing how some of those who do know these answers behave and treat people, I'd rather stay the "simple" me.
I am finding that this forum is no longer helping me with my practice - and perhaps it is time for me to take a little break from it all, just as I used to do from time to time with esangha. Maybe I need some more time on my cushion!
The essence of a real practice is to bring our intellectual understanding to the level of our heart - so as to feel it - to live it!