Tuesday, September 21, 2004

I take my opinions with salt and lime

Damn. Here is one angry dude:

Mr Minority unloads on your ass

At first, I thought his site was a joke. Perhaps it was a piece of satire. But it appears to be genuine. He honestly fits the clich├ęd WASP male engineer persona better known as "the man". And he's tired of being quiet about it. (I have never known any man within this portion of the population to keep their peace)

He's just telling it how he sees it, and I respect any man with the balls to blaze forth with a full frontal assault made of honesty, but it comes off as rather harsh. Anyone who tends toward polarization by always identifying the "them" which is below "us", will turn me away. Not necessarily because I believe they are wrong. To me, whether their opinions are right or wrong is of little consequence. At the end of the day, none of what this fellow says is beyond his own collection of thought. You simply agree or you don't. No harm, no foul.

But the way in which opinions are expressed says a great deal about the source which is offering them. An opinion that is crafted by righteous bias and a borderline-violent (underscored, yet undefended) contempt for one side of an argument will undoubtedly show marks of polarization, dogma, and paranoia. These are not the marks of sound judgment.

In this case, whether the ends are eventually justified will have nothing to do with means. An opinion forged in bitterness will always be seen as bitter before it is judged in any other way.

Check him out though. Beyond the belittlement of "them" are some interesting insights. The photos of him caressing his weaponry have a really nice rural chic element to them.

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