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October 8, 2007

For Those Who Don't Know

I work as a carpenter around fifty hours per week. Another thirty or so, I devote to activities related to my socio-political writing. The rest of my time, I spend with my wife and children. Once or twice a month, I use this cathartic space to entertain myself with language as I work periodic anxieties and lamentations around into meaning and hope. And yet, the likes of Christine — who wouldn't know me from Dostoevsky — feel no compunction about entering my online home, as it were, and declaring:

I have inadvertently stumbled upon your blog and started reading through it - here's a suggestion for you - instead of feeling sorry for yourself like the world has somehow done you wrong and that we all owe you something. Stop wasting so much time on your precious blog whining about it and get out there and make the life for yourself that you feel you are entitled to.

You are what's wrong with society - everyone is a victim and invited to the world wide pity party.

Suck it up and do something.

I suppose that in some worldviews, a hardworking and socially involved family man who now and then uses literary habits deliberately to work through unbidden morosities is what's wrong with society. Personally, I'm more concerned that folks who mistakenly believe they've a talent for decisive and life-redefining snap judgments (involving others' lives, of course) have a say in our nation's governance and in both their professional and private lives exert some sort of influence over other people.

Thank you, Christine. You've given me another depressing thought to overcome with words.

Posted by Justin Katz at October 8, 2007 7:29 PM

After much wrangling in my mind and on my keyboard how best to respond th Christine's words, I've come up with what I hope is a brilliant observation.

Christine is a moron.

Posted by: michael at October 14, 2007 9:03 PM

Christine is a MORON. Who is she to judge. It is people like her that is wrong with society.

Posted by: Janet at July 28, 2008 1:49 PM
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