By Holly A. Bell
On gender neutral toys:
If we truly want toys and other items to be gender neutral, why do we continue to insist on labeling colors as gender specific? Why can’t a boy play with a pink toy? Men have been wearing pink shirts and ties for years and I’ve never known a girl who refused to play with or wear something blue. Something icky or ugly perhaps, but never blue.
On preventing tragedy:
Humans have been trying to manage risk and control tragedy since we began throwing virgins into volcanoes, yet tragedy still exists. In spite of all our efforts to mitigate risks for our children, and ourselves it will never go away. We have to understand there is a difference between risk and uncertainty. Risk can be calculated and partially mitigated, but uncertainty cannot. The actions of nature and people are often uncertain.
On social media:
I like social media, I really do. But it seems like trying to discuss issues on Twitter has devolved—to put it academically—into a study of the density of the use of four letter words to convey ignorance of cause and effect. In addition to the types of four letter words I won’t repeat here, it includes words like work, evil, poor, guns, fair, owes, debt, and, of course, rich.
Related to other types of four letter words, civil discourse on the issues often seems rare, while shouting in all caps and name calling is not. Resorting to colorful metaphors does not strengthen your argument, make me to go away, or convince me that your point of view is better reasoned; therefore, superior to mine. I am also not likely to even consider your opinion, even if it has merit, if you add #moron to the end of your post. If you can’t find a polite way to make your point, please remain silent.
On the Fiscal Cliff, U. S. debt, gun control, Congress, the economy, and unemployment:
I’ve tried to make polite arguments about how to deal with these problems, but no one is listening. I have decided for the rest of 2012 to take my own advice and remain silent. Good luck.