Re: META: Diplomatic Comments

Michael S. Lorrey (
Wed, 12 May 1999 01:53:21 -0400 wrote:

> I'm actually not intending to be offensive by the things I am posting on
> the list. I come off that way sometimes because I like to push peoples'
> buttons especially if there really is no reason for them to be upset
> except for their own psychological insecurities. Then, if they are
> upset, I like to point out why they are upset. I believe that pointing
> out to people the things that may end up being quite dangerous to them is
> an ultimately kind thing to do, even though they may be temporarily
> upset.

> The fact that people are getting upset over what I am saying when they
> could just as easily choose not to be upset indicates problems with their
> own coping mechanisms. People are certainly free to ignore me if they
> are offended by what I write. I am just pointing things out that seem
> obvious to me, trying to be helpful. I don't think I am forcing my view
> on anyone. I'm just sharing my perspective, which I have found valuable.
> You can accept it as the gift I intend it to be, you can ignore it if
> you don't like it, you can be offended if you want to be, or for that
> matter you can clean your bedroom in response to what I right.

Trying to rationalize your busybody attitudes will get you no sympathy here. You should realize by now that your 'I'm only doing this for your own good' statist comments are quite offensive to most of us. Its not you forcing your view on anyone that is offensive, but that your view is that people should be forced to change, as well as your view that anyone who doesn't agree to be forced to change is obviously insane and in need of help. You are hopelessly infected by the statist memes that most of us here deplore.

> My point is that your response is essentially your choice. There is no
> real reason for anyone to be offended who doesn't want to be in the first
> place. In that case, they should thank me for assisting them in the
> emotional experiences they are already seeking in their life, although
> they would most likely find someone else to be offended by, if not me.

Again, you're "Oh, innocent me." cop out is a poor rhetorical method.

Mike Lorrey