My children taught me selflessness, enhancing my empathy and compassion, especially given both suffer from medical conditions requiring, at times, extensive care.
My own bouts with mental illness and my time as a soldier and journalist introduced me to aspects of life, of humanity, I’d never encountered and which, I hope, over time, have molded me into a better person.
They have shaped my own ideals, beliefs and values, some of which have been a struggle to maintain after choosing them, given the social, psychological and environmental conditions endured in our lives.
One thing I have learned, that except in rare circumstances, two, what society would refer to as wrongs, do not make a right. I’ve written extensively about this and likely bore, frustrate and amuse readers, family and friends when I whip my soap box out of my back pocket. That is where I keep it, for quick access, kind of like a gunslinger, except my six shooter holds the words I share, or assault people with, given my latest round of verbal reckoning.
Recently, I referred to certain individuals who made statements I found repulsive and without merit as reptilians lacking a human brain.
These individuals also happen to be Republicans.
In terms of the latter, I want to apologize, as I do not consider every member of that political party to be an alien without a brain, nor do I believe that all Republicans are insensitive to the plight and struggles of others. I have met numerous Republicans whom are selfless and generous and also fall into the categories of people I was attempting to defend with my writing.
To paint my picture in a way that caused them to fall under the brush I was attempting to capture a very few with was a mistake.
To the first point:
Yes, I was disgusted by the comments, but by attacking the situation with guns blazing and sending my bullets, which could possibly cause psychological pain, the way of the culprits, I decided in that instant that two wrongs made a right.
Did two wrongs make a right?
I don’t know, which means I didn’t pause to consider whether those actions warranted my response. Sometimes we do find ourselves in situations, during which we make split-second decisions that, when analyzed on their own, could be labeled a wrong, but this was not one of those moments. I had ample time to consider what I was writing, the literary technique I chose to employ and whether I was stepping all over my own ideals, and if so, was I warranted in doing so.
I failed to do that.
Now, back to the second point, I do want to again make clear that I sincerely apologize if any innocent individuals who happen to fall under the Republican banner felt I despised them or considered them aliens without a brain, suddenly lumped into the bucket with the individuals I was choosing to shine a light on. I would never want to do that, and in fact would hope that if I encounter such individuals in public they mention how I made them feel so I can offer a more personal apology.
My children inspire me to hope, fight and dream of a better, more compassionate world.
I need to make sure I model for them the behavior I believe would help make that world possible, and that is not by hurting others with my actions.
Reach Editor Stephen Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.