Subject: Re: Sunday Morning Sermon
Date: 15 Mar 1997 22:44:21 GMT
From: email@example.com (Eric the Fruitbat)
Organization: Central Services
References: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
>Is there any point in trying to talk about the Con when everyone
>desperately wants to believe they've beaten it? From my perspective, it's
>EXACTLY like trying to tell Christians that their intolerance puts them
>in Satan's path just like the heathens they can't stand.
I'm with Lou on this. I mean, it's one thing to rant a lot and flame the
most obviously Pink losers who end up getting stuck on a follow-ups list
somewhere, but let's face it: the Con is everywhere and the unwillingness
of most of us here to actually admit to how much closer its pursuit is than
we pretend only costs us Slack.
Let me give you an example: I know a woman who rails against her
ex-boyfriend (in her life the local instantiation of the Con) constantly.
She devoted a considerable amount of her time and energy to dealing with the
aftermath of their break-up, which was unbelievably long and nasty. The
consequences have had such a far-reaching effect on her life and way of
seeing the world that I don't think it's too unreasonable to say that the
negative experience has a major hand in making her who she is.
Even so, for all that her ways of dealing with conflict have changed, for
all that she's become a stronger, more outspoken person, whenever she's in
contact with him it all just evaporates. They still sleep together from
time to time: she can't help it, and it frustrates the hell out of her but
not so much that she doesn't do it again. For various reasons I was always
sort of inclined to take side in such things, but even so from my point of
view, frankly, the entire rest of her life is nothing more than an illusion
she maintains in order to pretend this guy doesn't still dominate her life.
The minute it actually matters she folds.
So how many of us live our lives like that? I think THAT'S what Lou is
getting at, that we're like my friend whose ex- still leads her around.
Some of us here even look like her: blonde, slightly busty, leather
jackets. You know the type. Alt.slack even smells like the cigarettes she
smokes. Anyway, I think that losers like Hipwell would do well to consider
the feelings of people like her when he posts his annoying lowbrow crap to
this already suffering newsgroup. In fact, I think that Hipwell himself
represents an aspect of the Con, that aspect which seeks by means fair and
foul to discredit any propriety or seriousness with jest and mockery.
Sometimes such tactics are blatant, and can result in hurt feelings and
outraged sensibilities. Sometimes however they become more subtle,
sometimes not manifesting their true intentions towards the benighted and
trolled reader until perhaps even the very last WORD.