Western Hero, a blog I frequent operated by Silverfiddle, a pretty stand-up guy. Well, one of his readers, and I think someone who also publicly follows Christian Fearing God-Man, was apparently very upset with something I said. Teresa called me a "selfish, immoral fascist." Let's explore this point by point, shall we? (The exchange can be found near the end of the comments thread on that post).There's been a fairly sizeable debate going on over at
I was originally going to make this one big post, but I've decided to make it a four-parter. Disclaimer: You all might think this childish, immature, and just plain wrong. Anyone who thinks that is absolutely right.
Anyhow, on with the show!
The first thing that struck me was that she called me "selfish." I was seriously at a loss for how this woman could call me selfish given the fact that she's never even met me personally. She has zero clue as to what I'm like as a person. People who know me IRL would probably tell you that I'm one of the most selfless people they know. I put other people's needs ahead of my own all the time.
Hell, I was in the military for Christ sakes. Yes I got paid really well, and yes I took advantage of the GI bill, but there's still an element of selflessness in serving one's country, I think. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong? But she knows me, right? She knows me better than I know myself! So because some dingbat on the internet judges me to be selfish, I must be selfish! So let's take a moment to talk about how awful I am.
I am so selfish that I make sacrifices to afford to send my children to Catholic school.
I am so selfish that I always make myself available to my friends if they need someone to talk to, even if what they need to talk about is some seriously personal shit, and even if it's an inconvenient time for me to talk with them.
I am so selfish that I want to be a teacher.
I am so selfish that when I was younger, I volunteered in a nursing home for over 3 years.
I am so selfish that I recently found a new job in which I will be a job coach for adults with disabilities.
I am so selfish that when I have dinner with a close friend of mine every now and then, I offer to pay sometimes knowing that he is wealthy and doesn't need me to buy him anything.
I am so selfish that I never ask anyone to ever pay me back.
In part II, I will address her asinine assertion that I'm somehow "immoral." Stay tuned!