Alright, I want to be real here. And no Iím not saying that peopleís opinions up to this point arenít heartfelt and genuine. Iím saying I want to directly address Ed in the way (I) probably should have addressed him and failed to do so.
Iíve NO experience with Gay Rights Activists: Only some of the gay people they represent. NOT ALL, because some homosexuals have expressed their own displeasure with their methodology. Iím aware of the GLAAD existence, but I still have yet to run into one that I know of and Iíve not had the opportunity to converse with a member. Therefore, I cannot support your ďbeefĒ, but I can empathize with you on the account that I have run into other types of activists and have had plenty of conversations with them. They were all human, though many were driven in a way that made them forget they didnít have to scream out who they were. That just made me feel they werenít convinced themselves and therefore turned me off to their plights. Okay? Thereís where I stand. They can still be gun control, feminist, MADD, SADD, Pro-Life, Green Peace and Gay or all the above, but I donít have to buy into them at all. I just have to respect their rights to engage in activism. Perhaps their misgivings will be the very thing that will hurt their cause. Live and Learn.
I did not take offense to your post, Ed, because you can dislike whoever you want. You can dislike me, but Iím here, and Iím appealing to you as a person with no labels. Call me generic if you like.
I also did not take offense to your post because there are plenty of people I donít like! Mostly liars, thieves and cheats. So it would be hypocritical of me to scold you for disliking someone (or their ways) for your own reasons. Thereís where I stand on the issues of offense with regards to most people. Iím not a member of TCOA (the chronically offended association) because Iíve known for years that Iím not the center of the universe and neither is anyone else.
Iíve acted out a few times that got me in trouble. People might have listened to me if Iíd handled myself a little better. Again, live and learn. People say you have to earn respect. Itís not a given. Well, I disagree. Iíve not received it even when Iíve deserved it, so by that example I tend to freely give it to those I come into contact with who prove no harm to me or others. I didnít come by that reasoning, easily.
Iíve been tossed out of school. Iíve been thrown into a holding tank. Iíve been tossed out of church! The details arenít pretty, and I was defending myself, but the way I did it, well it wasnít all that ďconventional.Ē
Now, Iím very selective with whom I surround myself with, spend my time with, invest my interest in, involve myself with around my children, etc. I make distinctions, with regard to who people are on the inside, and Iím very careful. Social magic-marker-labels mean nothing to me. Slurs demean the persons who use them. I think weíre all guilty of saying things we shouldnít say.
My advice to you is to practice your own rights. Converge with others who feel as you do and form your own group. Meet with GLAAD and hash it out with them, converse, debate, whatever groups do. Pose your questions to them. Expect an answer. Worst case scenario? Things could get ugly and youíll end up in a holding tank, together. Who knows, underneath all the hoopla may be someone you can really respect or befriend.
Otherwise, you might want to turn off your TV. Stop reading and buying into it all. Find some place quiet like the mountains for a hike. Film some nature, read some real literature, listen to some great music, or do what a young man might do with your health and ability, you know?
Again, I'm happy to see you are communicating and not lashing out with hate.