Monday, April 03, 2006

A Change of Heart

Thanks to an alert reader, I was tipped off to the fracas taking place on Americablog over John Aravosis's comment on his report from the Washington DC Radio and Television Correspondent's Banquet.

The best comes first. Yes, me and Katherine Harris. Interestingly, she was very nice, and a friend who knows her quite well says Harris is the nicest, NICEST person you will ever know. Doesn't mean we like her politically, but it amazes me how "nice" so many of the most strident Republicans are in person. Compare that to some of the most strident Democrats - they can be less nice.

Well, THAT certainly brought down the wrath of his readers.

Of course, Aravosis, not one to take such things lying down, retaliated in kind.

What he wrote is completely true. And a nice change from his previous practice of encouraging hateful behavior based on political affiliation, on which I've regularly reported.

It seems he's discovered the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who once stated as follows:

There is nothing more tragic than to see an individual whose heart is filled with hate. He comes to the point that he becomes a pathological case. For the person who hates, you can stand up and see a person and that person can be beautiful, and you will call them ugly. For the person who hates, the beautiful becomes ugly and the ugly becomes beautiful. For the person who hates, the good becomes bad and the bad becomes good. For the person who hates, the true becomes false and the false becomes true. That’s what hate does. You can’t see right. The symbol of objectivity is lost. Hate destroys the very structure of the personality of the hater.

Unfortunately, what Aravosis seems to be finding out is the same thing as did Faust; the trick is not in summoning Mephistopheles, but in banishing him.

At any rate, I applaud his new attitude and wish him the best of luck with his demons.

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