Jan 18, 2011


vit·ri·ol: something highly caustic or severe in effect, as criticism.

Does the following sound familiar?

I am going to ignore you, and have zero dialogue.  I will focus on the things about you that I do not agree with, and extrapolate that to paint a picture that is ugly and menacing.  I will speak half-truths and twist things to my perspective, regardless whether it is true or accurate.  I will make unrealistic demands out of the blue, and if you do not immediately respond, I will seek legal recourse.  When you protect yourself legally, and a solution is put in place, I will lament on how unfair the system is and how you manipulated things to conspire against me.  I will repeat this behavior over and over again, and hope for a different outcome.

Of course, the last sentence is the definition of insanity.

This attitude is in place today in our country; in politics, in corporations, in school boards, in relationships, entitlement, in __________ (you fill in the blank)...

I hope that as a country and a society, we can start to live up to the "We The People" philosophy.


  1. Oh, it doesn't say, "We....some of the people"?
    The white people?
    The rich people?
    The straight people?
    It's people.
    All of us.
    We need to remember that.

  2. I don't see it happening any time soon.

  3. Nice thought, Ken. Vitriol will be our word of the year, I believe. Unfortunately, only about half of the population agrees that this is insanity. The other half are the ones who are acting out the scenario you described. The problem, as I see it, as that we are constantly being bombarded with the message that it is coming from "both sides". I might be bias, but I am afraid, I don't see it. I see the progressive side as trying to reach out and make a case for compromise and consensus. While the conservative side has utilized the scenario above and fostered the continued rhetoric that "both sides" are unreasonable.
    Sorry, if I appear to be vitriolic, but I just don't see it. I don't believe it's vitriolic if I am telling the truth and calling someone on their behavior. It's only vitriolic (in my opinion) when it's done through lies, distortions, and fear/hate mongering.
    Those are my two cents worth.

  4. ...in relationships, school boards, in CITY COUNCILS ans IN SOME FAMILIES. (thank goodness, not in ours.)

    Good entry, one that makes you think. YES:


  5. I wish I had a proof reader on comments, that is 'and' of course not 'ans'

  6. How depressing that this might be the way things work in some families and I'm glad it's not the case in mine. Families should be more nurturing!


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