mon 30 nov 2015 08:38:32 witte de withstraat
no time for conservatives
i wonder at what point in your life is it permissible to just dismiss a whole category of people, for the sake of prioritizing? if you were on your deathbed, and had a choice between talking for a few minutes with a loved one, or talking for a few minutes with some right winger who wants to berate you for being wrong, is it then ok to choose the loved one?
if so, then how about doing it a few years or months earlier? would that be all right?
i spent much of my life enjoying the way i learned from discussions with people who strongly disagreed with me. and i do in principle agree with those who say it's dumb to surround yourself only with yes-mensen.
but at the same time i feel like i'm at an age now — and living in an era now — when those discussions with 'conservatives' serve no actual purpose, except to pretend that their ideas are legitimate. those talks were had already, thirty years ago or more. and: today's 'conservatives' are even stupider than those of a generation ago. so what's the point of trying to reason with a heartfelt 'conservative' at all? life is too short. it didn't use to be, but it is.