On the seventh day, they kept posting.

Holidays have been marked here before, and maybe this day in particular is worth a rare Sunday post, since much of what we’ve learned about Robert’s life and contributions were deeply rooted in his faith in God and his fellow man.

In addition to learning about Robert’s all-too-short life, we’ve all taught ourselves about the law, forensic sciences, the investigative process and byzantine criminal justice system.   Every now and then, a new word too: 

HATHOS:  (HAY.thohs; TH as in thin) n. Feelings of pleasure derived from hating someone or something.  —hathotic adj.

No, this word hasn’t made the cut at Merriam-Webster’s;  trawl online to the Urban Dictionary for the definition.  You spend enough time online and you’ll see hathos played out everyday, often on these pages;  a concern when it rises in pitch.

No finger wagging or pointing, no preaching; we ourselves are guilty of throwing the occasional sharp elbow or two.  Going forward, at a critical time in this long affair, we ask for continued critical thinking, informed skepticism, cool heads and temperate words. Very temperate.

We didn’t know him; we wish we lucky enough to have.  Even in death he can serve as a role model.  All we’ll ask is, what would Robert do?

OK, another ask:  Please dig deep once again and make a contribution to the Robert Wone Memorial Trust.  Robert’s family established the trust, in which funds are distributed to some of his favorite projects and causes. 

REW Memorial Trust  c/o Holtzman Vogel, PLLC
45 North Hill Drive, Suite 100
Warrenton, VA   20186

Monday afternoon will find us staring into the abyss again, at another status hearing, perhaps the last one before trial.  Until then, let’s enjoy the sunrise.

-Craig, Doug, Michael and David

4 comments for “Hathos

  1. Clio
    04/04/2010 at 11:08 AM

    Happy Easter to all! Give generously to the Wone Trust, and pray for Lynn’s health.

    Any bit of Hathos or Schadenfreude shown on these pages is more than outweighed (literally) by the Hubris shown by the Triple Alliance. And, Hubris is in the standard dictionaries: the ancient Greeks, of course, saw it as the most deadly of sins. Look it up, Michael!

  2. N.M.
    04/04/2010 at 5:17 PM

    God bless, boys. God bless.

  3. Vandy
    04/04/2010 at 7:02 PM

    Sorry folks but after reading this I instead took my leftover Sunday dinner and gave it to a homeless person, and also gave 20 bucks to a homeless family. This way I know where my money is going. I don’t trust attorneys.

    • Anonymous Friend
      04/04/2010 at 9:02 PM

      There is no right way to share and try to make a difference. I’m so glad you did what felt right to you. Robert was about random acts of kindness of all types, and I have no doubt he’s smiling and saying thanks. I, too, thank you. Let’s all keep challenging ourselves to act on our good intentions. We can do so much if we just stop talking and start doing. Thank you, Editors.

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