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Today is the 2nd day of the 30th week, the 26th day of the 7th month, the 207th day of 2021.  We are in the middle of summer, and yet there is already a feeling of having turned a corner, hurtling towards the end of the year.  The sun is rising later and already my alarm goes off before actually sunrise, although it is very bright outside.  Sunset is also moving to an earlier time.

Quote of the day:
No longer dividing the world into good and bad, love and hate, we not only have more freedom and ease in daily life; we also gain access to the wisdom of our real nature.”
~ Anne C. Klein, “The Four Immeasurables

On Friday, as an obvious reaction to the change of the Cleveland baseball team’s name, Matt Walsh [columnist for The Daily Wire] made a flat statement on Twitter:  “”Indian” is not an offensive term or a slur and I will continue to use it.”   That one tweet garnered 12.9K likes, 1.2K retweets, and 929 replies – such is the reach of a well-known personality.  Somewhere in the morass of those replies, a bit annoyed by his statement of his opinion as a fact, I tweeted:  “It is not offensive TO YOU.  It may be offensive to others” and thus opened the floodgates.  My reply received 72 likes and 4 re-tweets, but most of the answers to what I had considered an innocuous comment were…  well startlingly hostile, and included some aspersions on everything to my appearance [via my profile picture], my intelligence, and my morals.  One person considered themselves a wit and riposted:  “The name “Carol” is offensive to me.  Please change it.  Thank you.”  That one got 155 likes and 2 retweets to date, and I’ll admit that I was slightly amused when I read it. 

As I declined to poke the trolls and didn’t respond to any of these comments, the active discussion pretty much died down after last night, although random comments are still surfacing.  The entire incident doesn’t fit the description of a flame war, just some piling on.  But there is one response that has me puzzled.  It came from an anonymous person with the unlikely name of Count of Monte Crypto [AKA @ShowMeYourBOOMS] in which they stated:  “It’s mostly offensive to woke white people who need to up their credit score.”  That one gathered 166 likes and 3 retweets to date.  I have been very tempted to ask for clarification because, for the life of me, after over 36 years in banking, I still cannot figure out what being “woke” has to do with one’s credit rating


Two takeaways from the entire incident:
  • People don’t mind if opinions are stated as facts as long as they agree with what is said
  • Next time Twitter offers to help me manage an influx of tweets, I am taking them up on it
Permalink | Monday, July 26, 2021