The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Here's the big politically-incorrect shocker:
If "Kelli" had never posted on Unc's blog, and had shuffled off her mortal coil last night, how would I have ever known?
I think it's fatuous of me to claim to be concerned with the safety or health of someone whose existence I'm not aware of in even the most abstract fashion. I bear no particular ill-will towards the human race, but the fact remains that a million people could disappear from London, Shanghai, or New York tomorrow, and unless I read about it on cnn.com, I wouldn't even be aware that it happened.
When I was in high school, a friend in my class passed away of sudden natural causes. He was one of the geeks; the nerds. The next day, cheerleaders were lined up outside the special "grief counselor" office, in absolute hysterics. They didn't even know his name the day before. It was a harsh and early lesson in the inappropriateness of feigning concern over the fate of someone who you didn't even know existed five minutes ago.
I don't know who this "Kelli" person is. I don't know if she's real or a sock puppet. I do know that there are real human beings in my life that I am concerned about, and I won't cheapen those finer feelings by faking a concerngasm for a phantasm.
I understand your point, Tam, and I believe you understand mine. Yes, you don't care specifically about "Kelli," but you do care about the people that "Kelli" and her ilk want to disarm: US - even those of us you don't know and never will.
I want to educate "Kelli" and those like her - before they get the kind of education that they might not ever recover from.
Unfortunately, the "Kelli's" and "macca's" won't allow themselves to be educated. They wish to remain willfully ignorant. It's the one's who K & M keep trying to influence are the ones I hope to educate.