morning afternoon friends! I have been meaning to give you this update for a week or so now, and I am also seeking your opinions on a question that has arisen this week …
Some of you may have wondered just what became of Lisa Jensen and the project we were planning to engage in civil discourse about issues, starting with guns, gun regulation, etc. Well, the project is temporarily on hold, but I hope to be able to jump start it soon. Lisa and her husband are in the process of a major lifestyle change, you see. They bought a sailboat, and are planning to live on the boat! So, as she tells me, they are busy from sunup to sundown every day trying to divest themselves of a lifetime of detritus, as well as get their house ready to rent. They will be sailing around in the Chesapeake Bay, and Lisa will be doing her work from ‘home’ (assuming she can get a WiFi signal).
It is quite a change, and she sounds excited and happy. I am happy for her, though I don’t think it would be a move I would like, for I am a creature of routine, not very adventurous and am always a bit ‘off’ when my schedule or venue changes, even briefly. Lisa assures me that she does still want to engage in our discussions and we have the beginnings of one started via email, but I don’t know quite when we will be able to proceed.
You may remember the post I did a few days ago about Jeff Amyx, the man who owns a hardware store and has a sign stating “No Gays Allowed” on his front door. I have been engaged in a discussion with rawgod, who I can always trust to hold my feet to the fire when they need it, about the necessity or appropriateness of posts like this. I have always thought it was important to bring people like this into the open, to shine a light on them and their bigotry, to show them to the world as they really are. Rawgod, however, states his case …
“I am certainly all in favour of fighting bigotry, etc. But, IMO, while you are spreading the word of a bigot, you are also helping that bigot have his 15 minutes of fame. It’s just the other side of looking at the coin.”
I acknowledge that there is some truth to what he says … the ‘other side of the coin’, as it were … and yet I have mixed thoughts. So, he suggested that I put the question to you all, and that is what I am doing. What are your thoughts on this? I know that I sometimes chastise the mainstream media for giving too much attention to people who thrive on that attention, and it seems to legitimize those people. Am I doing the same? Or do we need to keep these people out front for all to see?
I look forward to your opinions on this!
Now go forth and have a great rest-of-the-day!