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Response to lapislzi (Reply #106)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 02:45 PM

120. You must be an absolute saint! Your response was perfect.

I am sure that she and all your other colleagues know that you are honest, kind, and caring. She particularly knows that you are kind and caring to her. I imagine that most of the political conversations you have you are quite calm and factual. So, she has a context in which to understand your expression of genuine emotion.

Facts usually cannot get through the emotional blocks of conservatism. Recent studies support this. I think conservatism often springs from that most powerful of emotions - fear. If a person blames a victim, they are often exercising a false emotional defense. They don't realize it, but they are pretending that if they do not go to parties where drinking occurs, if they do not wear short skirts, etc. they will be safe. If they can find some excuse or "explanation" for why something bad happened to someone else, they can pretend they will never be victimized, never be poor, never lose their health, etc.

Sadly, it may be only when something happens to them or to someone with whom they are already close, that their empathy can break through that wall of fear. Yes, Senator Portman, you, too, may know someone who is homosexual. Yes, Congressman Kirk, you, too, may suffer a stroke.

Your genuine emotional response, in the context of the thoughtful, caring person she knows you to be, was probably the only thing that could have gotten through to her. Like I said - Perfect.

P.S. Your company sounds great! How do I apply?!

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