Melanie B. Cee hosts the weekly Share Your World challenge; this week with a nod to Halloween!
Where’s the line between respectful disagreement and being downright mean (bullying) to someone?
I think it is when insults and name-calling begin. This is not only mean but also indicates that the person disagreeing no longer has an argument defending his/her opinion. This has been happening more and more often lately. People who are simply angry lash out at others. There is a lot of political polarization these days and although many of us would like to have a dialogue with “the other side”, it is almost impossible when people have different sets of “facts.” Generally these respectful disagreements eventually break down and end up in name-calling.
Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest?
That’s easy – I’ll take the honest politicians. There are some now, but unfortunately they are not the ones who have much power to change anything. I’m hopeful, though – I think the House of Representatives, including a few Republicans, will vote to impeach Trump. I do not have much hope for the Senate, however. Even with the clear evidence of his guilt, they will not think his crimes are “serious” enough for impeachment. Treason? Enriching oneself while in office? Obstruction of justice? Blackmailing of foreign officials? Lying under oath? (Trump did this by promising to abide by the Constitution when he was sworn in.) Nah – these are children’s games!! The Republicans in the Senate have very few members who are honest.
There is also dissemination of lies. It’s one thing for Trump to lie every day – we are all used to it by now. It’s quite another for politicians beholden to lobbyists and corporations to say (when they know it isn’t true) that human-caused climate change is a hoax. This is irresponsible and dangerous. By denying science, they think they don’t have to do anything about it. And we MUST take action NOW – for future generations!
What’s one habit you have that your family or friends think is rather childish?
I have a habit of making weird noises with my hands, feet and my mouth. This freaks out our cat and I think it is funny. It’s like a kid imitating farting for fun. My noises don’t sound like farts, but they don’t sound normal either. I just like to see the reaction of people’s pets.
Would you rather go to a big party and rub shoulders with the rich and famous or go to an amazing quiet Garden that hardly anyone has ever visited?
Definitely the latter. I have no particular desire to meet people who are rich and famous. Either I would be indifferent, disgusted, or tongue-tied (if it were someone I admired).
On the other hand, I love nature and relish visiting places that are relatively unknown. I once went hiking in the Grand Canyon with a small group of people. The descent and ascent were on well-travelled trails. The day we went off the beaten track, hiking farther into the canyon on lesser known trails, and took a break along a pristine stream was the most wonderful part of the hike.
Halloween Question: What do you think of the idea of “trick or treat or money for a charity” as a way of making Halloween more useful?
It’s not necessary for Halloween to be “useful.” It’s a fun holiday for all ages, if you are into it. However, there’s nothing wrong with collecting money for a charity at the same time. When I was a kid, we used to go around with little Unicef boxes in addition to our trick-or-treat bags. Some people gladly gave us pennies for Unicef, while others didn’t. Whatever we collected helped children somewhere else in the world. Meanwhile, we helped the dentists by getting cavities from eating so much candy!
Note: The first three images were downloaded from Google Images. The last two are my own.
Oh, and before I end this…
…to everyone out there in WordPress land!