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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I must be mellowing with age

I've been getting a lot of feedback - good and bad - on a post I wrote about an encounter I had at the Interior Ministry.

I won't rehash my whole unpleasant, potentially ugly, encounter with the Israel-hating moonbat again... feel free to go back and read about it. What I really want to share today is my delayed reaction to the many comments people have shared since that post was published.

The theme that seemed to be running through most of the comments was 'Wow, I really admire your restraint'.  And looking back, I'm honestly shocked that I didn't get into a verbal - or even physical - confrontation with the idiot.

Here's a response I wrote on another site where my post had been shared that pretty much sums up my current thinking:

"Once upon a time I would have tried to make her see the error of her thinking. But I've matured. I realize that everyone (myself included), is crazy and unreasonable about something.  And once you recognize that someone is in their crazy place, it is a colossal waste of time trying to move them from it.   As the saying goes, 'Don't bother trying to teach a pig to sing. It will only waste your time... and it annoys the pig'."

If I wasn't already quite happy being Jewish, I think the statement above would become the core tenet of my new religion.  I must really be mellowing with age!

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What a great tenet. Kol hakavod.

Posted by: Sarah Bronson | May 22, 2012 4:29:52 PM

In Texas the expression is: "Don't wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, but the pig enjoys it." I think that version may be slightly more appropriate to this type of person.

I often stop myself in these situations and remind myself not to start wrestling the pig.

Posted by: LTC | May 22, 2012 5:00:25 PM

Bravo.

Posted by: Alice | May 22, 2012 5:16:10 PM

I liked you better when you got angry...say, for example, if someone poured diet coke into your penny loafers.

Posted by: Alan T | May 23, 2012 2:51:40 AM

There's a Jewish version of that somewhere in Proverbs. To paraphrase King Solomon: "Don't try to rebuke a fool - he'll only hate you for it."

I'll admit - the pig one is definitely more, er, colorful. I think I heard that attributed to Mark Twain, but I couldn't swear to it.

In either version, words to live by.

Posted by: psachya | May 23, 2012 4:35:02 AM

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