Wednesday, May 6, 2015

10. There are enough hurtful people to go around

There are enough hurtful people to go around. --the original article.

The centerpiece:
But here’s the other thing. Oswalt’s observation that there’s a kind of ‘Tea Party’ progressivism isn’t far off. More accurately, as Matt Baldwin noted on Twitter, “There’s an ugly strain of social progressives that like to attack others for not being the ‘right’ kind of progressives.” I’m a nobody, but in seven years on Twitter, I have had horrible, disturbing and sometimes genuinely scary things said to me by self-professed Christians — and atheists. By rabid homophobes — and angry LGBT people. By Republicans — and Democrats. By misogynists — and declared feminists. You know who wins the Yglesias Award? EVERYBODY. You know why? Because there isn’t a single social group in the world that doesn’t contain deeply disturbed jackasses with thumbs, ready to actively hate you for whatever you say or do. And the bottom line is that if you’re threatening or abusive, you’re threatening or abusive first, whatever the declared allegiance you hide behind second. And while I’m sorry to see Whedon depart Twitter, because his exit once again shows the worst of it, I’m not surprised he got fed up with it. I’m not surprised at all.

On the other hand--Everybody hurts.

Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain

Not Dark Yet. B.Dylan.

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