Monday, October 01, 2007

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Voltaire, (Attributed); originated in "The Friends of Voltaire", 1906, by S. G. Tallentyre (Evelyn Beatrice Hall)French author, humanist, rationalist, & satirist (1694 - 1778)

I selected the above quote because it is constantly referenced by many people. It is always used when there seems to be a topic of great heated debate and the opposite sides are 'butting heads' like rams. There is a moment of so called civility when some poster will quote Voltaire of some variation. The poster is attempting to project a perception of gentlemanly debate. After giving thought, I am not convinced of the sincerity of any person to quote it. In today's social climate, the divisions between liberal/conservative; democrat/republican; secular/religious is as wide as Valles Marineris. I do not believe a liberal, secular, democrat will sacrifice their life for me to say what they furiously disagree with. I also do not believe they would appreciate my sacrifice scenario for them. They would most likey cheer my death as one less "religious, politically incorrect, enviroment destroying bigot".

What I am getting at is for almost a week now I have been thinking about the current event topics I choose and write for this blog because of a perception that my words have been interpreted to be confrontational, politically incorrect, or hurtful. I will ask of you who take offense to my topics and words to glance up and read the description of my blog: My little segment of the Internet to record my perceptions of Life in all its Fantabulous Wonderment. I do honestly appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog; and, I am thrilled beyond description if you come by on occasion and leave a comment or two. You are not required to come here and read my words if they seem offensive to you. There are millions of other places you can visit that are like minded as you.

So understand this: If you disagree with me or take offense to what images I present or words I type, the best I will freely offer is "OK that is unfortunate." but do not ever think to quote Voltaire in reference to me. I am not a debater with the eloquence as the better bloggers; but, I will defend my words as best as I am capable. I will not alter my perceptions of my journal to satisfy you.

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