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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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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.

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