But I've had to spend too much time and effort dealing with what appears to me to be plain crazy. I blame no one for this but myself. The particular topic is one -- or two -- I usually avoid. I didn't this time and my good opinion of my fellowman has been thereby diminished. By my lights, some of you are annoyingly crazy.
I grew up with "annoying crazy" and sometimes it spilled over into violence. I grew up with people and topics I had to tiptoe around and as soon as I was old enough and had a job -- age 19 -- I moved away from it. You don't really have to be thrown across the room or be held against the wall by a hand at your throat too many times before figuring out it should not be happening and the experience has made me over-cautious around some kinds of behavior. (It's also made me very defiant, right up to the level that has my fight/flight on full alert. This is bad headspace and I don't like being in it.)
The original version had a long digression about my personal philosophy or lack thereof, but it's not worth discussion. It is a very small and trivial part of my life and I like it that way.
I have renewed my resolution to hold most relationships at arm's length or even farther and to keep them as formal as possible.
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