An analogy

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:24 am
[personal profile] apparentparadox
I've been formulating this analogy in my mind lately. It still needs some work, but I thought I'd share it anyway.

An alcoholic regularly gets drunk and drives home. Most of the time, nothing happens. Occasionally, the drunk is involved in some kind of mishap that only affects their own property (dings to the car, dents to the mailbox, etc.) One night, the drunk hits another car, killing one adult and one child, leaving the remainder of the family alive but in emotional agony and financial ruin. After sobering up, the drunk tearfully exclaims "I didn't mean to hurt anyone" and begs for forgiveness.


This is how I feel about people who register & vote Republican or who attend churches who get involved in civil matters (such as whether same sex marriage should be recognized by the government). Sure, if you asked some of those people, they would say that they personally don't agree with the Republican party or their church on those things. But, to me, they are like the drunk who didn't plan to hurt anyone. They support (through their time, money, and presence) organizations that do harm to others.

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Date: 2017-07-16 11:21 pm (UTC)
mrdreamjeans: At concert in Sugar Land, TX, January 2017 (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrdreamjeans
Yep! It's not intentional, but the consequences often are ...

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Date: 2017-07-17 02:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dendren
hmmm... so are you saying they deserve forgiveness because they didn't intend to do what they did/understand the full consequences, or is this just more a general analogy of the logic that goes on behind the scenes?

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Date: 2017-07-18 01:09 am (UTC)
lcohen: (decent human)
From: [personal profile] lcohen
yeah, i don't feel much in the way of forgiveness for any of the actors in these examples. and just like the drunk can't give back the lives of the people he killed, the people who vote republican often can't really repair the damage to the lives they are ruining with their party's terrible policies.

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