Forgive me, I've been taking a beating this week. To be the opposition here can be a hard thing to swallow sometimes. To illustrate: <small>Shiny said,</small> <small>Jedi Writer said,</small> <small>Coot said,</small> <small>and later Coot said,</small> Something to the effect, in a perfect world, I would agree with him (even though this seemed to be offered in a humorous spirit). So, is this what everybody wants? We all agree? No kidding! We expect to find a cessation of hostilities between countries but we can't find common ground between those of us who speak the same language and love the same country? Want homogenous? Try milk. I should have to agree because everybody else agrees? Huh? Because someone else thinks they have written an ironclad rationale for their position, I should completely reform my view of life? My, what big opinions of ourselves we carry. Let's get a few things said here: I believe the overwhelming majority of people wish to be left alone to live their lives the way they choose. I believe the overwhelming majority of people will respond nicely when treated with respect and kindness. I believe people are uniform in this and we can find examples of this universally throughout the world. I believe when you pick a fight, you get a fight, what the hell did you expect you would get? I also believe there is a need for diversity in opinion. For someone to pretend their opinion is the perfect truth borders on delusional, even if it is my truth. As much as you all may think I don't listen, I do. Because I choose to hold a different opinion than the majority means nothing more than I have a different opinion. Unless you can get God to come and post here in your defense, your opinion is no more valid than anyone else's, including mine. I don't live in any more of a fantasy world than any of the rest of you from what I can tell. We all create the reality we view the world from. If you believe Blacks are lazy, shiftless, genetically prone to crime, I'm sure you will find compelling reasons to reassure yourself. But to put forth the proposition that you are the one correct truth is an affront to both God and people like me who know they are right (just kidding here). You want to discuss? I'm all for it. You think I should agree with you? Damn, that's funny, I think you should agree with me. Personally, I think the problem is I'm getting under your skin because somewhere deep inside of you I've dented that armor we all carry. You know, that armor which protects the views we understand the world with. If that's the case, I'm not sorry. Maybe your views need examination. I can make no apologies for lies you have told yourself, you need to apologize to yourself for that. There you go, bash away. I guess I haven't had enough yet.