. My comments were judgemental and generalizing and were specifically engineered to push emotional buttons and ask why people as a crowd are the way they are. I know I put myself on a pedastal and I hope "for the sake of future generations" that everyone who has time to read that post stones me off my pillar. We all need such a wake-up call. It is the ego that makes us "those evil lazy Americans". I hope I have not at all appeared stupid ("dull minded"- yeah, I know you already know what that means, but I don't want to be thought of as the brat throwing my words around) in this arguement. I want to try to see the whole arguement. I want to see why "evil" does "evil". I want to see why "good" stands up to judge them so quickly.
. Thank you so very much for your comments. I'm not smiling, but at the same time I feel better that my ranting has had its desired affect in awakening the Socrates in all of us and seriously forced us to ask "why" while at the same time getting the intellectuals to come out of their caves and make themselves known. There was no substance at all to that post. Every cliche'd phrase was meant to whip everyone who read it into a frenzied mob so that I could get very clear feedback on what everyone thinks about this incident, wedging everyone who e-mailed me into one of many extremes. I'm not sheltered. Of course Americans aren't so bent on materialism that they can't ocassionally look into themselves and pay homage to a higher conciousness. Not everyone is like that. That's the ugly end of the moral bell-curve. No, not everyone is so hardcore materialistic they can't bear the thought of socializing with people who don't own a car less than three years old.
. But while walking to work on the very day of the attack I witnessed two public beatings of Middle Eastern individuals (one about to be broken up by the police), and a crowd being given armed escort walking away from the local university far far from their respective building. I asked what was going on. One of the armed gentlemen blew me off while one the people being escorted said multiple bomb threats had been called-in to the Middle Eastern Studies program at our university. And the fist fight at the gas station I mentioned? Saw that too. It was only a one and a half mile walk to work. Don't you find it ironic that that the rednecks who run around beating up homosexuals in the streets turn out to be the biggest faggots of them all? Yet at the same time these people vote, and right now their voices are the loudest, screaming to send "them" all back to "sandy nigger-land". Don't even smile. I'm not.
. I don't want to romanticize death and dying, there's nothing funny about either to an atheist like myself. 'Cause in the end- we only get one shot, whether it be a shot at life or my shot to the stomach. I'm not asking for a medal or the Pulitzer- that was just part of the engineering in the post.
. Thank you all for your time, may they be brought to justice and in a court of law. Maybe the American way isn't so bad after all ne~? Thanks to the hundreds who responded both on this board and to my e-mail personally. Sure there were a few death threats; the way I wrote the post I expected that. I'm just proud of all those who said:
"Hey, not so fast, decent human beings walk the Earth, not quite so many as there were a few days ago but still- I'm one of them"
. Thank you all. I am proud to be an American where we have such freedom, and I'll take another bullet or three to keep that.