Since Maria’s computer problems kept us from enjoying a Thursday interruption, I thought I’d remind you of a tremendously uplifting, cathartic song that’s been very popular on my iPod lately. It embraces a truth that’s the opposite of what TV, fairy tales and some versions of religion have been telling us. We’re told that delivering anything but uber-tolerance to the intolerant constitutes “sinking to their level” and “being no better than they are.”
Bullshit. Their level is the removal of other people’s civil rights, or beating people up, or terrorizing people into yielding their own civil rights. As long as we don’t do any of that, it is not only okay but actually essential that we start being more hostile toward haters. Scorn those who scorn others without reason; shun those who shun others without reason; judge those who judge others without reason. Because what haters are is anti-social – anti-society. They don’t want to compromise to get the benefits of living in a cooperative society instead of an “everyone for herself” jungle. They want to get the benefits without the compromise. So take away some of the comforts of society by ostracizing them. There’s no need to do anything illegal or immoral. Just don’t tolerate their bullshit, and call it when you see it. That’s all!
And on that note, I give you Lily Allen.