"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."

                --Archilochus

Glenn Reynolds:
"Heh."

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."




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Saturday, March 10, 2007

That's Not Nice

As she does so often, Peggy Noonan hits the nail on the head:
We tie ourselves in knots trying to explain why it is, or why it isn't, always or occasionally, helpful or destructive to use various epithets, or give full voice to our resentments. But the simple wisdom of Grandma-- "That's not nice"--is a good guide. (I should say that when I was a kid, grandmas were older people who had common sense. They had observed something of people, had experienced life directly, not only through books or TV. Almost all of them had religious faith, and had absorbed the teachings of the Bible. Almost all of them sat quietly at the kitchen table, and even when I was a kid they were considered old fashioned. They were often ethnic and had accents. As a matter of fact, all of them were.)

[snip]

I think the atmosphere of political correctness is now experienced by normal people--not people who speak on TV, but normal people--as so oppressive, so demanding of constant self-policing, that when someone says something in public that is truly not nice, not nice at all, they can't help but feel that they are witnessing a prison break.
As long as political correctness reigns, the more antic among us will try to break out with great streams of Tourette's-like forbidden words and ideas.

We should forbid less and demand more. We should exert less pressure from without and encourage more discipline from within. We should ask people to be dignified, hope they'll be generous, expect them to be fair. When they're not, we should correct them. But we shouldn't beat them to a pulp. Because that's not nice.
Read the whole thing, HERE.

Comments on "That's Not Nice"

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 AM) : 

so it's cool if we call you an ignorant homophobe?

 

Blogger Almost Ignatius J. said ... (11:29 AM) : 

I don't know if I'd say "ignorant." Intolerant, sure, but the guy's got a head on his shoulders. Too bad most of the time it's up his....hello, this is a family blog.

 

Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (12:22 PM) : 

I'd be interested to know what you guys think "ignorant," "intolerant," and "homophobe" mean. You toss them around as if they're obviously bad things.

 

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