And now for something completely different

Once in a while I feel a sense of guilt that my blog focuses too much on the things that are wrong with the world. So to compensate and help restore our sense of a common humanity, here is a story that I think you will enjoy.


  1. Rob Grigjanis says

    That is a lovely story, but IMO you have nothing to feel guilty about. You have a knack for bringing a sense of (un)common humanity to most of your posts. A rare gift. There, that fills my quota of (deserved) compliments for the year 🙂

  2. lanir says

    That is a good story. The idea at the center of it, that everyone is a person and just needs some understanding, is a good one. I don’t think it discounts or devalues the other stories though. And I don’t think those stories lessen the value of this one.

    I tend to think of this sort of search for “something different” now and then as a way of taking a step back. Getting perspective. Perspective is very important. The things we’re used to can begin to seem normal no matter what they are. Wonderful, horrible, hopeful, disturbing, whatever… It all slides slowly into being banal and normal. That’s how you really get things like “dear white people” and “first world problems” and random weird ideas that equate someone’s poor mom on her way to get medical treatment with some sociopaths halfway around the world.

    I think the bad news that comes up here is correct. I think there are people who are willing to do very bad things to manipulate the public. But if you never stop to smell the roses along the way, you end up in an echo chamber and it’s only a matter of time before you’re talking about false flag operations, black ops helicopters, and the mystical properties of flouride that are unknown to science (or some equivalent nonsense, those stories all belong to the wrong tribe).

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