Monday, September 29, 2008

Two Hanging Loose Observations

It is easily noticed that those people who are extremely emotional about the people they love and adore, are just as extremely harsh and brutal in criticism about the people they detest or disagree with. Thus, when speaking about their children, spouses, relatives, and friends, no superlative is spared to flesh out the platitudes directed to them, painting them like they are supra-humans devoid of flaws and shortcomings. But in the same vein when directing their attention to those they do not like or disagree with, no venom vile enough is spared or left on the ground, like these beings are sub-humans, devoid of any traces of goodness in their entire beings.

Now, isn’t this quite incongruent? That super love or charity could co-exist in the same person as the detestable qualities of extreme hate and maybe even self-gnawing envy. How could two diametrically opposed extremes exist in one person?

In current day milieu, one can point to and make the apt comparison to the protest being held nightly in front of the house of the parents of Casey Anthony in Florida. Casey is the mom being interrogated for the loss of her little child. We are witnesses to these angry residents nightly staking places close to the parents’ house shouting obscenities, obviously showing grave concerns and sympathies for a child that continues to be missing all these weeks. Again, you have human beings expressing the commendable virtues of sympathy and compassion for a child not even theirs as possibly lost, but in the process of doing that acting horribly and detestably in their heated interaction with the parents of the accused. In a real way, nullifying whatever good will that may have been initially engendered by their expressed sympathies and concern for that little child.

Can’t figure this one out.

If Sarah Palin had been a lot less than she actually looks, would the negative press or negative criticism had been less than harsh and more tolerant?

Suppose Gov. Sarah had instead been after giving birth to 5 children possessed of distended curves and more rotund, and maybe perpetually covered up by those thick winter clothes that have formed our archetypal perception of an Eskimo, would she have been observed and assessed with more compassion?

This is truly one question I wish could have some honest answers.


  1. The local international news circuit hasn't shown much of the Casey Anthony case; hence, not at all familiar with it. I do remember, however, the astounding fury unleashed on Ryan White and his mother -- at the time when the Reagan administration finally acknowledged the growing AIDS crisis in America, and when not much was known about this dreadful disease.

    As for Sarah Pailin, I'm surprised at how the media is now beginning to unearth old video files of Dan Quayle for comparison.

    Be that as it may, I have never seen a vice presidential candidate being so closely protected, not in terms of physical safety by the secret service or the military. I am starting to feel bad for her, because it seems that she's not truly allowed to speak her own mind; over-coached even -- to the point that she appears/sounds comically evasive.

    Take the following short excerpt from the interview she had with CBS' Couric as an example:

    Couric: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this to stay informed and to understand the world?

    Palin: I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media.

    Couric: What, specifically?

    Palin: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.

    Couric: Can you name a few?

    Palin: I have a vast variety of sources where we get our news, too. Alaska isn’t a foreign country, where it’s kind of suggested, “Wow, how could you keep in touch with what the rest of Washington, D.C., may be thinking when you live up there in Alaska?” Believe me, Alaska is like a microcosm of America.

    * * *

    I'm looking forwarded to watching her in action during the debate this Friday morning here in Manila.



  2. Eric:

    There should be at least one or two YouTube videos showing Sarah in debate with her opponents during the gubernatorial elections. And she did just fine in her elements - cool, calm, and collected.

    I personally feel for her - from Alaska being thrust into this big cruel theatre which as become most ornery and mean-spirited.

    But you know she is taking all this in stride.

    But she can never be or hope to be like those ladies who are now in national politics - very urbane and sophisticated in speech and demeanor.

    But give her time.


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