nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

Stuff by conservatives, and a little about emotions

Somehow, I don't get fascinated by conservatives saying stupid, vile things any more. I mean, I always thought Ann Coulter was boring, and while I didn't mind people giving her a close reading to see what was wrong with every phrase, the motivation just wasn't there. What she was writing was signal of a sort, but the lack of facts and connection made it no fun. And I bet the people who gave her a close reading weren't just doing it out of a sense of duty-- I expect they were driven by fear and anger.

However, even if the awful conservative piece is reasonably short and coherent, I might read it if it shows up in two or three places that I'm reading, but it's not a big deal to me. They're out of power, and they keep saying that sort of thing.

On the other hand, I'm tired of people being surprised when a conservative says something sensible. Sometimes conservatives say sensible things. They aren't aliens, and they aren't simply evil, and conservatives saying the occasional sensible thing has happened often enough that it shouldn't be news.

Now, when I say I'm tired of this, that, and the other thing, I don't just mean I'm having an emotion. I mean that I want other people to have the same emotion, and act in a way that will quit cluttering up my environment with their inconvenient reactions, even though rationally speaking I know perfectly well that I didn't get bored with yet another godawful quote from a conservative until I personally got bored with it.

So, if anyone would care to talk about it, when you express an emotion, do you want other people to go along with it? To feel that their contrary emotions are wrong or bad? If someone else expresses an emotion contrary to one of yours, do you wonder (or possibly conclude) that you're wrong for feeling what you're feeling?

bruceb, if you're still interested in writing that piece about being the odd one out, I'm still interested in reading it.

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