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Choosing to not indulge in schadenfreude [Oct. 20th, 2012|04:05 pm]
Jeffrey Hitchin
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Today as I was running an errand near home, I passed by a McDonald's. Outside, there were two elderly women and an elderly man waving signs at the passing cars that said, "REJECT R-74!!" It was already raining, and as I waited at the light near the McDonald's it turned into a torrential downpour that made me turn the wipes up to the highest setting. I looked into the rearview mirror and they were still there, waving signs and getting drenched.

Now, while a younger me might have taken some pleasure in that, the me of today felt sad. I was sad that three people needed to go out and express their hatred so publicly that they were willing to stand in very heavy rain just to wave signs. I did not feel the urge to yell at them, or get out and get in their faces because really, that wouldn't have helped a single bit and I'd look like an asshole.

So, when the light changed, I drove on and hoped that they would come to their senses and get out of the rain and into some drier clothing.

[User Picture]From: minerva_fan
2012-10-20 11:14 pm (UTC)
1. Pleased that you have matured beyond such needs for confrontation (although I would not blame you for indulging).
2. I had to Google R-74. I'm thrilled that the possibility to get married is so near for ALL my friends in Washington State. Love you--good luck.
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[User Picture]From: putzmeisterbear
2012-10-20 11:51 pm (UTC)
They probably think enduring the rain to promote their hatred will get them into heaven quicker.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2012-10-21 12:38 am (UTC)
If they had any sense, they'd not be out in the ran spewing their special brand of ignorance.
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[User Picture]From: autographedcat
2012-10-21 01:04 am (UTC)
My biggest regret regarding this years political season is that I will move to Washington just a couple of months too late to vote for R-74.
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[User Picture]From: madfilkentist
2012-10-21 12:46 pm (UTC)
Whatever their views, I'm impressed by the determination of people who will stay out in really bad weather to stand by them.

You claim to know, just on the basis of knowing that they're against a particular referendum question, that they're motivated by "hatred." If I believed that you really could know this, I'd be impressed by that also. I'm more inclined to think that you're ascribing motives to people based on knowing only their position on a single ballot issue and degree of determination, which is very dubious reasoning.
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[User Picture]From: jhitchin
2012-10-21 03:49 pm (UTC)
Point taken. For me, it's hard to think about what other motivation there could be other than hate when supporting a ballot measure that takes away rights from a segment of the population.
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[User Picture]From: tbass
2012-10-21 05:54 pm (UTC)
You're absolutely right. Ignorance and stupidity are also major factors...
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