I think this post (and this one) crystallized a lot of why the Harvard Law story has repelled me. Leaving aside the nature of the personal beef, when someone forwards you someone else's personal e-mail, I think it's always worth thinking about the forwarder's motives, as well as what we might be losing without context. This is true with public officials, but, for me, it's doubly true with private citizens. It's worth considering whether you're just carrying someone else's pettiness.
If life is a series of infinite possibilities, what does it mean to be alive?