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Today, I read an SG1 fic set in the near future, which makes a subtle reference to "President Obama." I love science fiction fans. I mean, there's the rare Orson Scott Card of the genre, but as a whole, SF usually visions a world in which I'd be happier to live.

In not entirely unrelated news, I just got back from my "it's-warmer-than-35-degrees-so-I-have-no-excuse-not-to" walk. Crossing Pennsylvania Avenue, I came upon a big dinosaur-guzzler with a bumper sticker showing a very distorted US map that appeared almost entirely red, and the words (in red) "Bush Country". More charming still was the sticker proclaiming the owner a "licensed terrorist hunter" and his intention to shoot people of apparent Arabic descent on sight.

Coming around the front of the truck, what did I see under the windshield wiper? A big old D.C. parking ticket! Oh, it was all I could do not to leave a little note beside it saying "Welcome to Bluesville, sucka! But, d. being the better part of v., I left well enough alone.

You know, googling an old high school friend today, I found that he'd recently had a lot of wise things to say about treating bigots with the humanity with which they should treat us. That's like him, if I recall correctly. For example, he's strongly in favor of legalizing gay marriage, and can articulate the reasons for it beautifully. But he also makes a (damned if I'm lyin') pretty good case for why we should be patient with people who don't get it.

Gods, it's so hard to be level-headed and compassionate. It's so much easier just to get angry. It's so satisfying. And so ultimately useless.

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tafkarfanfic
Feb. 2nd, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
So - was the fic any good, and if it was, why haven't you emailed me the link???
fenriss
Feb. 3rd, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
Ah, actually it really wasn't good. You know it pains me to say that about anyone's sincere attempts (unless they're, you know, comically awful). But this one actually contained our pet peeve about military slash: years of real queers' struggle against the homophobia of the armed forces, negated by a single gratuitous display. At an event at the Pentagon. Grumble...

But it was well-intentioned, and I don't want to be mean to the author.
troyswann
Feb. 2nd, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Gods, it's so hard to be level-headed and compassionate.

Thus, saints, yes?

So hard to be compassionate when someone has their jackboot on your heart.

Or, when you know that they won't hear you being level-headed because they aren't being level-headed, and then you want to fight fire with fire and then you wonder how much you're willing to become like the guy you're fighting and then somehow, compassion makes a little more sense strategically.

Buddha sez....

I am the world's worst buddhist. *mope*

I try and try and try.

*is soooooo big, so very big*

*is really sooooo small, so pathetically small*

Of course, I'm still frothing about the whole Spongebob debacle, so... *froths* I'm so gonna write Spongebob/Patrick NC17. Just. Watch. Me. grrrr.

Oooooohhhhhmmmmmmmmmm.
fenriss
Feb. 3rd, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC)
and then you wonder how much you're willing to become like the guy you're fighting and then somehow, compassion makes a little more sense strategically.

But sometimes I think that's why we always lose. We're "seeing their side of the story," while they're marching in lock-step. We're arguing ethics amongst ourselves, while they've mutually agreed that the ends justify the means. We are screwed. :(

I am the world's worst buddhist. *mope*

Ohhhh, I think I could give you a run for your money on that title!

I'm so gonna write Spongebob/Patrick NC17. Just. Watch. Me. grrrr.

I'd pay. I really would.
fiatluxchris
Feb. 3rd, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
That is for sure honey, I know that sometimes I want to grab the unaware and shake them for all I am worth, but that only takes us to their level. We all have to take a deep deep breath and let it all go. Remember, our roles models in this, people like Ghandi, and Mother Teresa, they show us the way, no matter how damn hard it is. Love Ya.
nixieq
Feb. 3rd, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
oh, hey, i know you! dunno if you'd remember me, but we've met a couple times at chris & allie's for circles you've led. hope you don't mind if i friend you. >:)
fenriss
Feb. 3rd, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
Sigh. I know you're right, but it'd be nice to win every now and then, you know? Feels like such an uphill battle.

Love you, too. Happy soon-to-be Spring!
rionnkelly
Feb. 3rd, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Kind of an impotent feeling, being in the intellectual minority, innit? Well, to borrow a line from Victor, "When I'm elected Empress--some things are gonna change around here..."

For instance:

Stupidity will become a felony.

Anybody who buys an SUV will have to pass tests in common sense and ettiquite before they will be allowed to drive them on public roads.

Parents of children who behave badly in public will be fined. Heavily.

That's just a few things off the top of my head.
fenriss
Feb. 3rd, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Er... I shudder at the thought of Victor being elected empress of anything, frankly :)
rionnkelly
Feb. 3rd, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, I don't know anything about Victor's Imperial Election campaign, the above is from my own campaign platform.
rimrender
Feb. 3rd, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
You should have thrown away the ticket and let them find out about it later.
rionnkelly
Feb. 3rd, 2005 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ooooooooh, that's a good one! Especially if the jackass doesn't find out about it until he has to renew his tags. Well done!
rimrender
Feb. 4th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
And it would also be a minimum of $180 now, i think.
rionnkelly
Feb. 4th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
Instant Karma can be such a delightful little bitch, can't she??? Tee Hee, giggle, whee!
rimrender
Feb. 5th, 2005 12:06 am (UTC)
Yes, yes it does. Seeing as I seem to be on Karma's rollodex.
fenriss
Feb. 5th, 2005 02:17 pm (UTC)
Poor thing! I am fervently wishing the universe would see fit to give you a break.
rimrender
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Maybe. I in the process of moving to Florida. Now the whole house split up fiasco and work turning into a gullag doesn't have such bad timing.
To drive home the point, the opportunity/ reason for moving to Florida came up hrs after donating $25 to the tsunami relief the day after it happened.
Of course it had to be Florida. As far away from the snow and mountains as I can get in the US i think. Its just so flat!
rionnkelly
Feb. 5th, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
Aren't we all?
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