I should be packing… I should be doing lots of things besides blogging… but there it is, and here I am….
I just finished reading over at John Ballard’s place, Hootsbuddy’s Place drawn by that irresistable pull of “it’s about me”. And found something that I do enjoy: “the idea that a loyal opposition is important to any discussion” as he so adeptly put it.The guy is a ‘thinking guy’ ( my personal way of putting it) who has a gift for expressing things well. I understand him… maybe he is an intp….
He gave me some things to think about, and then I further went to Parableman’s who has more stuff to think about. And now I have trouble. I am on overload at the moment. I fully understand what John said about this,”I’m tired, weary to the end of optimism, of having to read and hear the word “liberal” in the pejorative. ” because that is how I felt-exactly- at Parableman’s after following the link to a diatribe on homeschooling.
Now there are going to be those who think it was not a diatribe, because it was worded so politely, but still… it held out the same old presumptions and misconceptions, well doused in personal observations that amounted to … I hate to reuse the term, but I am going to: a hack job.
The commenters, notably Jeremy Pierce, made good opposing argument on one of the most obvious problems of “sample” … there is a fallacy name for using too small, and exceptional a sample to represent the whole spectrum of the group. But the discussion makes me a bit tired today.
And my lackadaisical manner of dealing with this invites criticism…. oh well, as Scarlett so charmingly said “Tomorrow, I’ll think about it tomorrow”.
and then I will explain sometimes why I am not so very far from the “Liberal” but why I am fairly entrenched as a Conservative, and then tie in the social implications with a dash of prophetic lightening…unless of course I get bored and change my mind.
In which case I hope to offer you something new and different….:)