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November 3rd, 2004
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A Quiet Reminder
I wrote this about a year ago. Seems to apply even more today.

Remember, your only hope comes from convincing the other side. To do that, you must interact with them. Moving to Canada or calling them knuckle-dragging twits won't help that.

The only power that ever comes in America comes from changing minds. And that, my friends, is a mighty slow grind. Maybe only one out of every hundred people can have their minds changed on issues like Gays are Bad or Bush Is Not A Good President, but one out of hundred would have changed the face of this election. To accomplish that, you must reach across an often-hostile and always-frustrating gap with kindness, empathy, and reason. That takes a strength and conviction that doesn't crumple into senseless name-calling in the face of insulting ignorance.

Now if only I could find some reading that's not about The Goddamned Election. I'm taking a break from political writings, and may in fact quit LJ for awhile thanks to other various issues. Off to the comics shop.

(111 shouts of denial | Tell me I'm full of it)

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From:catvalente
Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I seriously hope your issues have nothing to do with our little miscommunication. Don't go--I deleted the post and you've got me backpedalling even though I was the one who was initially hurt. So, stay. Because you're one in about five whose posts I don't skim.
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From:scathedobsidian
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. I skim all but about ten these days.

I'm going to the store as well.
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From:faelad
Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:53 pm (UTC)
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Yay for comics. Nearly everything works out for the best in comics.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)

Nuadha

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Yes! I just got back from my comic shop with my stack of comic-goodness in hand. It is so needed today.

-James/Nuadha
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From:mightydoll
Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Why change people who are perfectly happy for your own gain though?

Seems mightily selfish and arrogant to me...

I think, from a global peace perspective, it makes far more sense to emigrate to a place where the majority wants what you want.


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From:idontsaylol
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
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its not selfish to attempt to help someone with an outlook characterized by hate. hate is bad.

but overall, i think you're right. it's probably more realistic to just go to where the majority wants what you want.
From:eyes_of_cyrene
Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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*blink* Quit LJ for a while?!

The taking a break from political writing thing I can completely understand...

But QUIT LJ for a while?
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From:theotherbaldwin
Date:November 3rd, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)

I know, Ferret...

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Imagine if a party representing about half the electorate acted as though their opponents had no say in policy decisions whatsoever and just continued to push item after item of an agenda serving only the most radical end of their base, mocking them as out of touch with normal America.

That would be creepy.
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From:simianlovedoc
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
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Gizmodo rules. I love his writing style and sometimes he comes up with the most wacky shit.
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From:kitnish
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:01 pm (UTC)
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The only power that ever comes in America comes from changing minds. And that, my friends, is a mighty slow grind.

Yes, yes, yes!

I've seen you quoted several times in the last week, and I find your perspective refreshing. Do you mind if I friend you, despite your potential LJ break? :)
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From:kitnish
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Ok, I read your bio *after* I commented, so I'm friending you, since you say there it's ok. Just ignore me...I have frequent blonde moments.
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From:mp_reyart
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
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I do hate to say this, sir, but we Americans, on a whole, are not conditioned to think.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 4th, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)

Americans thinking

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"I do hate to say this, sir, but we Americans, on a whole, are not conditioned to think."

This is sideshowjane@aol.com

Sadly, I have to agree with you. When I talk to people, it seems all they want to talk about is house, car, kids, job, and marriage partner/lover. Nobody wants to talk about the deeper issues such as religion, politics or social issues.
Thank you for confirming what I suspected all along. It's true. We are an anti-intellectual society.
In the words of Jareth from the Jim Henson movie Labyrinth, "What a pity."
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From:jmfunnyface
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for saying that. I wrote the same thing in my journal (okay, mine was a tab bit meaner and sarcastic), but it's nice to know that other people out there realize that threatening to leave the country is not going to help get through the next four years or undo any of the damage caused by Bush.

I'll miss your posts if you leave LJ for a while, but wish you and your family the best.
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From:kathrynrose
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)

We would miss you

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I think everyone needs some time to deal. It's like a death - people grieve in different ways. Do what you need to do for you, but know that I'd miss you, because you make my days brighter with your words.
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From:elfwench
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)

Please don't quit LJ...

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But thank you for the break from the politics. I'm so tired of the political rhetoric on both sides.

But please don't quit LJ. I think of you as a friend and I hate losing friends. If you need a friend to write to, I'm available. Because I do care. {{HUGS}}
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From:amaltheae
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I love you dearly, Ferret, and I hope you don't leave LJ because your writing is delightful.

But on this one I am going to disagree just this once and then shut up. This isn't my country. This never has been my country. I do not have anything other than species in common with the people who willingly pass anti-gay-marriage amendments. I do not understand them. I do not respect them or their beliefs even in the slightest. I cannot possibly conceive of how one believes what they do successfully. I do not believe people that ignorant and cruel can for the most part change. And I believe that our system of checks and balances to prevent subjugation of the minority has utterly failed and we are just waiting for the rest of the fall out from the mushroom cloud. If they want to prevent civil right, abolish gay unions, hell, own slaves, there isn't a damn thing, realistically speaking that I can possibly do to stop them in their belief of justified power over other people.

If this were mine, it might be worth staying to change it, but it is clear that it is not, nor has ever been mine. That hope was misplaced and without it, there is no reason to stay instead of finding a place where my beliefs will be remotely accepted, and I will not live in fear every day. I don't know if I will make it out of here or not, but either way, I have given up hope that there is anything here to fight for anymore when half of the populace of our country can justify their hatred and cruelty for me on moral grounds, and are willing to come out in record numbers to ensure that I am prevented from being who I am.

I may not make it out of here. I don't know. The costs of leaving may be too high, and I may just live in the hopelessness until my death. But I am no Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be. Am an attendent lord, one who will do to swell a progress, start a scene or two. I have heard the mermaids singing each to each, and I do not think they will sing for me. It's great that some of you are capable of such idealistic hopeful dellusion as to believe the human race can change, that they aren't inherrently evil. I just cannot count myself among you anymore. All I see is the tide sometimes in, sometimes out, never fundamentally changing.

People leave where they are for America because it is better than what they left all the time and we do not judge them poorly for wanting out of the cruelty and hatred they lived amidst. I think this is no different. I want out of the subjugation of the majority in this country before they sew pink triangles to our sleeves and herd us into hate camps because it is better than staying in the naive and manipulative hope that I can change people who do not want to change and who live their lives out of hatred and a willingness to cause active cruelty to those around them for all things unlike them to control what they have no right to control. To stay and fight would be to become them and presume my right to return the active cruelty of forcing them to be people they cannot be, either.

We are very much the same. Too much the same and too much different at the same time. My fundamental beliefs cannot coexist with theirs, and I do not presume to have the right to change them anymore, no matter how noble I find my cause, because they claim nobility for theirs, too. We as a species deserve the coming wars and destruction. Maybe we will manage to destroy ourselves entirely and something more capable of kindness understanding toward that which it doesn't understand will take our place where we failed to evolve.
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From:funwithrage
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
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I do not believe people that ignorant and cruel can for the most part change.


Word. I can understand voting for Bush, even if I don't agree with it--but the anti-gay-marriage amendments? The parental notification law? Fuck that. If you voted in favor of that, I don't want to know you. Things like you don't change, because you don't see reason, you just see Jeezus Sez, and while I know many lovely Christians, they're the ones who are willing to think and listen to reason and not hate people who don't hurt them in any way.


Rar. I'll stay, because I've always liked a good fight--even if it's just the chance to spit in someone's face--but I don't think gradual acceptance works. Didn't when it came to civil rights--Johnson had to shove it down people's throats--and won't now.
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From:simianlovedoc
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I know all about the quitting LJ for a while thing, I've done it before. At the same time, I would miss your rants, writings and ramblings on my friends page. Hells, without you the phrase "Monster Penis System" would not have entered my vocabulary. One day my wife will let me have a MPS.
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From:arpad
Date:November 3rd, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
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Aye aye, sir, from changing minds. Don't quit - tell us something about comics. Or about quite anything but politics.
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From:alioth
Date:November 3rd, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
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amen.

I'm going to make a nonpolitical post later, just to be different. My f-list is looking like one massive whingefest, peppered with the occasional Harry Potter porn.
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