Thanks, Kristi. I really appreciate the great work that you do, and the person that you are. Spyderco is a great outfit under Sal's leadership.
The sad fact is that there will always be low-lifes who cannot or will not lead productive, honorable lives, and attempt to gain some measure of recognition by pretending to be something that they could never be. The excellent book "Stolen Valor" by Burkett highlights the issue in a straight-forward and moving way. I've always been a skeptic of sad puppy dog stories, and even more so in the Internet age. Pathological liars can now spread anonymous tales at the speed of light corrected for impedance.
That said, I continue to be drawn to this forum (though not as regularly these days) partly because of the character and tenor of the exchanges. A lot of participants go out of their way to help, which accurately reflects the character of Spyderco itself. It's certainly no shame to help someone even if their story turns out to be a lie.
The Bible approaches this type of situation with a two-edged sword. Galatians 6:7 says, "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." That obviously cuts both ways in this circumstance - payback for the con artist and blessing for the cheerful giver.
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