posted on Apr, 3 2005 @ 11:15 AM
Way to go! You posted EXACTLY what I've been afraid to, because I didn't want to kill another thread or get myself banned for being insensitive.
Thanks for being honest and unafraid.
It was cathartic to see that, for me at least.
I agree, emotions are running a little high, okay a lot. I honestly didn't realize the pope dying would affect such sombre attitudes. I was under
the (apparently mistaken) impression that anyone besides ardent Catholics wouldn't be moved at all. But if the posts in any one of the threads
dedicated to him are factual as to the religious beliefs (or non-beliefs) of members, then I stand corrected. People from all walks of life appear to
be deeply moved by his passing. Maybe they're just jumping on the bandwagon to merge with what they perceive as the dominant social group, but I
think a lot of them really perceived him to be a 'man of peace' and 'the best pope.'
I just couldn't understand it, I still don't really, but I can perceive it now better than before. I didn't before - the thought never occured to
me that anybody besides Catholics would be as enthralled as they appear to be. I certainly wouldn't make jokes at the funeral held for my friend's
mother, and even if they were ignorant and a tool of opression I probably wouldn't say so until people had left the gravesite.
I will say this though, it was not my intent to hurt anybody's feelings with my comment, as always I only wanted to illuminate. Sometimes people get
injured as a result of that, and that's fine by me..but I'm not out to hurt people, just for the sake of sadism. It's an unfortunate thing that it
apparently came across that way, and it was my fault for not expressing myself better. I'm sure I could have made my point better. My second post
on the subject is probably a much more gentile way of stating my feelings. I'll reiterate here, let me know if this is perceived as trollish, or
Uete naki yoru neko ni ataeru mono ga nai.
The starving cat cries;
I have nothing to give him.
Edited because though I gave credit for the haiku in the other thread, I forgot to do so here.
[edit on 3-4-2005 by WyrdeOne]