I've seen eloisel challenge the a priori assumptions made by both sides of the divide with her "but is it true" question... which I think was a brilliant strategy to analyse the actual ideas instead of maligning anybody for having the opinion, or for having the opinion and being on the wrong side of the fence.
******** I agree with that. Usually I like Eloisel's posts. This one, however, I don't have a lot of sympathy towards. I'm getting a little tired of constantly being condemned for things, even if I haven't done them. If I'm going to be condemned anyway, then what's my motivation to be good? Like I've said before, if I'm going to be hung as a horse thief, damn if I'll be walking
home anymore. If the punishment's the same for the innocent as the guilty, then give yourself the advantage of actually doing the crime.
And point well taken... but I still agree with her sentiment.
I once proposed a "Good News Forum." Most people felt it was redundant to existing forums. Some felt that it would be boring - that debate and spirited clashes just are inherently more fun. Well - I think eloisel's post speaks to that... and I think if we really wanted to... we could change that. In fact....
There's good news posted here fairly often, and there should be... but, it doesn't spark much debate, so it might get a little dull if it was a forum all to itself. And I've tried to be good, but what does it get me? More scolding, and the opportunity to listen to crap like "stupid lazy Southerners" from one who seldom even manages to display basic literate coherency
, much less insight. I've got cousins with 6 feet of water in their house. I spent a lot of the weekend sorting through clothes to give to refugees who are holed up here (and to the police who are trying to help them, and are in just about as bad a shape as they are now). I've got friends who haven't even turned up yet - they're probably alive, but who knows what shape they're gonna be in? I skipped a wedding party for a friend I haven't seen in a couple years this weekend because the gas situation doesn't allow for anything except absolutely essential driving. I watched people die on CNN, over and over again, for days. I go outside, I hear chainsaws, trying to take trees off of houses. And it goes on and on, from the tragic to the mundane. So, good will or not, I'm not gonna listen to comments about "stupid and lazy Southerners" (who happen to be fricking dying
by the thousands and possibly tens of thousands) and blame-shifting to the victims of the tragedy from somebody who scolds everybody for being "hateful" and is usually so much on the victim's side that he seems to aspire to nothing else. Not gonna be on my best behavior while that's going on, nope. I'm in the mood to hurt some feelings. So far I'm restraining it pretty well. But if that
levee breaks right now, it's gonna be hard hard hard to make me give a damn. I've been through plenty over the past week and I've watched friends and neighbors go through exponentially more than I've had to... so if somebody tries to compound that by casting "stupid and lazy" comments on the top of it all, damn if I'll waste my time being nice. I didn't start up a verbal boot-party on anybody, and that's 'bout as nice as I'll get right now.
Next week (hell, even tomorrow) I'll try to do better, but for today, this is the best I can do.