Friday, March 30, 2007

Responding to mr. singer's comment

Blogger peter singer has posted a critical commentary on a recent posting.

I respect his right to dissent, but I believe it is wasted energy on his part.

This blog is not intended to be a panoramic view of my life. It is largely a journal of someone trying to make sense of his past relationships and questioning whether a new course is needed for the future.

The larger question of man's inhumanity to man, beast, and environment is beyond the scope of this blog. With that understanding, his comments make about as much sense as someone berating a mystery novel for lacking a decent explanation of elliptic curve cryptography.

The blogosphere is a like a large bookstore (or a good independent bookseller, if you eschew the corporate chains). If you spend your time looking for treatises on how to achieve social justice in the Self-Help book section, you're going to be one very frustrated patron.

For the record, I am well aware of the suffering the pervades the world, and I devote time and energy to causes where I can make a meaningful contribution. I do these things quietly, and I don't feel the need to trumpet them from this space. I derive my validation from the difference it makes, not for the sake of gaining approval from my audience.

I took a look at mr. singer's blog, and I sense a pretty strong undercurrent of outrage at many things, by his own admission, he is at times consumed by hatred.

In closing my response, I'll pull out an excerpt from the works of Lennon and McCartney:

You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We're doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait

It's gonna be all right.
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