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October 7, 2013

Reflections on Chain Letters


The one I received apologized that I would have to send eight letters on, but that the email was meant for only the strongest of women. It said I would receive blessings if I passed it on within five minutes. (I couldn’t decide whether that was five minutes from when my computer got it or five minutes from when I saw it.)

It went on to tell me I would be blessed if I sent eight letters on and one back to the sender and that I “would see” why when I sent it – magic, I suppose! It implied that I might be cursed if I did not send it on.

What did I do? I put it in the trash, of course.

The other sort of chain letter I see frequently is on Facebook. A shared message is sent out demanding that if the recipient believes in God the message must be shared or, I suppose, God won’t love the recipient any more.  

Or there is a message about our military troops. The message implies that if I don’t respond I am not a true American.

Or there is a message about illness or children, and if I don’t respond I must hate children and love disease.

I mean, how sick does a person have to be to threaten another person with banishment from God, friends, or family if they don’t forward an electronic chain letter!

So, all this is to say, please don’t send those sorts of messages, whether email, Facebook, or United States Postal Service, threatening or belittling those people you call friend. It just isn’t very nice!


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