for January 30, 2002
More Human Than Human?
by Your Diva, Robin Pastorio-Newman
Your Darling, Your Diva, Your One True Love gave up arguing politics
after her braces came off, and chose instead to smile dazzlingly at her
enemies. With Miss Manners
as one's military strategist, one wins battles gently, delicately and
with a surgical precision that causes combatants to drop spoons into
their cornflakes and exclaim, "She got me! I'll never again vex that
wily foe." Okay, their exclamation is generally unprintable, but
opponents respect you. You're smarter than they are, and you're not
wearing jewelry outside your evening gloves.
Style points aside, there's a great deal to be said for backing away
from unnecessary conflict and firmly pursuing what conflict one must.
However, there's no excuse for the breathless and evocative Fox News.
Recently, Your Reclining Beauty spent a morning in hysterics watching a
News report on Hillary Clinton's suggestion
that illegal aliens should be compensated for World Trade Center
disaster misery the same as U.S. citizens. It's scandalous, really.
Reporters used such inflammatory language, callers-in to the - get this -
news show were hard pressed to disagree without looking like flaming
Your Artful Drape is a free speech nut. Say what you will, you get to,
good for you! Fox News's slogan ("We report. You decide.") is the biggest
load of slick crap since canning day at the paté factory. Senator
Clinton's intention of treating humans like humans in need of help and
compassion despite accidents like birth location seems the only
civilized, decent thing to do in the wake of uncivilized, indecent
behavior. For us to act as if suffering is less important because of
immigration status or tax receipts or SAT scores is to heap injury upon
the already injured who, if one pauses to think, ended up illegally on
U.S. soil by fleeing some already miserable, uncivilized, indecent,
I'll say it again: please.
speech is your right, and protected, and it's delightful that you can
express your opinion, no matter how bigoted and hurtful. But realize
that someone like Your Shimmering Vision is laughing hysterically when
My darlings, this is your chance. It's your most singular, startling
chance to demonstrate the boundless kindness you would hope to be shown,
were you in this awful situation. The ordinariness of suffering makes
one hope for an ordinariness of compassion, but one seldom finds it. I
have faith in you.
©2002 Robin Pastorio-Newman
All material ©2001-2014 Sean Carolan, except as noted.
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