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    Old Lefty, Louise

    I really like this post and the one on which it is based as well.  

    I rather think that this piece could use some sort of criteria for what is truly delusional thinking, and what is merely idiosyncrasy and misinformation combining with vanity and pride to produce standard issue self-delusions.  You know, like the vegan who goes everywhere in the glow of her veganism and can't stop talking about her veganism?  Or the professional whose profession is on everyone's mind from the moment he approaches until the second he's gone?  

    Are these delusional thinkers too?  Perhaps so, but there is a point at which the examples will soften to the point that such a serious diagnosis will be inappropriate.  There are innumerable garden level self-delusions that do not warrant medical diagnosis.  There is a level of involvement with those sorts of things that is simply human, and in no sense disease.  A youngster who habitually sees his or her self in the mirror in some fanciful way is human, not sick.  

    There are many sweet and gentle souls who vote republican.  There are many kind and generous hearts at a tea party meeting.  It does the left no good to treat any bloc of voters shabbily.  It demeans us and offers an easy target.  

    Do I think that the voters described in the other diary are mad?  Are they pathologically interesting?  I guess my answers are yes and yes.  But they are no more mad than sport, gardening or video-game enthusiasts are mad.  And they are no more pathologically interesting than the religious, the moral or the misinformed are pathologically interesting.  

    The robb'd that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare

    by not2plato on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 06:35:08 AM PDT

    •  Word up (1+ / 0-)
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      Louise
      There are many sweet and gentle souls who vote republican.  There are many kind and generous hearts at a tea party meeting.  It does the left no good to treat any bloc of voters shabbily.  It demeans us and offers an easy target.
      When the Buddah praised compassion he was not playing, not praying, I'm just saying he was laying it down, a path to follow to a heart not hollow.

      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:27:32 AM PDT

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    •  Makes me wanna holler (1+ / 0-)
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      Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

      by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:39:10 AM PDT

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      •  Great tune, great album, great artist (1+ / 0-)
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        Old Lefty

        who died WAY too young.

        T and R!!

        Inner and Outer Space: the Final Frontiers.

        by orlbucfan on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 11:13:38 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks and A-men, volunteers of America (0+ / 0-)

          Ferment and fire in the streets then, and now we fight against the counter-revolution;

          Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

          by Old Lefty on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 03:08:00 PM PDT

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