After several discussions with people of opposing views I have decided to cease and desist from any more sending various thoughts to personal acquaintances. For whatever reason, people take things more personally if the messages arrive in their inboxes than if they read them on a blog. And, except for the addressees who don't agree, it is preaching to the choir. In any case, a total waste of time, yours and mine. This hazards personal relationships. So I need to do something else.
Besides, If after nine years of doing this with NO exclamation points or bold fonts I haven't convinced you by now then one or the other of us (or both) are intransigent and oblivious to reality. So goodbye, as far as broadcasts are concerned. I still welcome personal interchange, but I shall not be silenced by Political Correctness and Cowardice, so instead am moving all these philosophical commentaries to this site. Here you can subscribe to an RSS feed if you want to be alerted to new posts, or you can put it in your favorites or you can ignore it. After consideration, this is prolly the best path anyhow: + If you're not part of the solution then you are part of the problem.
+ If you don't want to be part of the solution then you deserve what you get.
+ Being a blog I can attract a wider readership, TBTG for Google.
+ Irritating a larger population is better for the Nation at large, perhaps even of people who can actually do something. (Does anyone remember Common Sense?)
So all in all a good decision. ===== We have hideous problems facing this Nation. No one can solve them alone, but we can together if we pay attention. But if we refuse to listen or discuss we are part of the problem.
But I welcome one-on-one civil discourse, either by commentary here or at my personal email address if you already have it.
This is serious stuff. Either we all win or we all lose.
Right now, we are all losing.