Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Is it Venting or Hate Speech?


Read the link above by Joel Smith which came to my knowledge via neurodiversity .com. In it, he talks about whether it is venting, or hate speech that fills some parent forums/blogs about their autistic children. He gives a good argument that it wouldn't be acceptable in any other context. Joel's great article and another one I read this week seemed to go together like a hand in a glove.

Now, although I haven't thumped my bible in a few years, nor even attended Mass, I am a dyed-in-the-wool catholic, the cradle to the grave kind. We still get "The Catholic Miscellany" of Charleston, SC. In the commentary articles. Dennis Heaney, the old curmudgeon (term of respect) mentions graduation speeches and how they are long and winded and kinda flaky. He thinks we ought to smack the kids with the truth in brief, memorable stories, and quotes a graduation address given by Rabbi Marc Gellman, given at Marymount College in Manhattan...

Was there a point here? Oh, yeah...

The good Rabbi tells a story that even he is not sure who to attribute to, so I quote it here in full...

An elder Cherokee chief took his grandchildren into the forest and sat them down and said to them, “A fight is going on inside me. This is a terrible fight and it is a fight between two wolves. One wolf is the wolf of fear, anger, arrogance and greed. The other wolf is the wolf of courage, kindness, humility and love.” The children were very quiet and listening to their grandfather with both their ears. He then said to them, “This same fight between the two wolves that is going on inside of me is going on inside of you, and inside every person.” They thought about it for a minute and then one child asked the chief, “Grandfather, which wolf will win the fight?” He said quietly, “The one you feed.”





Which wolf will you feed?

2 comments:

abfh said...

There's a lot of wisdom in that story! And you are right, it's very easy for "venting" to cross the line into feeding anger and hate.

Anonymous said...

What about the wolf of truth?

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