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I don’t know how to talk to crazy people

November 10, 2011

The weather was cold and grey; the first bite of Winter swept across campus in icy gusts.  I encountered a half-dozen nice young students holding a sign that said; “Pure Love”.  One of them approached me and handed me a leaflet:

Pure Love leaflet handed out on campus

Pure Love leaflet handed out on campus

On the front it extolled the virtues of something called Pure Love: it’s pro-love, life, family and happiness.  And sexuality is a right-way/wrong-way thing, and love is a choice – not a feeling.

On the other side it listed web addresses and books that said:

  1. Contraception is bad and people shouldn’t use it
  2. Science supports chastity
  3. Premarital sex hurts people
  4. Overpopulation is a myth – it’s peachy that we have 7 billion people on the planet and there’s plenty of room for more.  A video on that website contained what may be the stupidest statistical illustration I have ever seen.
  5. John Paul II and Paul VI said we are created for extra-special love and have a bunch of responsibility and stuff

I glanced at it, got the gist and folded into my pocket. All of about 19 years old, she smiled and said: “Thank you for taking it!”

I just nodded and walked away.  I wouldn’t know what to say to her.

NOTES:

  • Nope, sorry: love is a feeling.  Integrity, fidelity, honesty – virtues like that – are choices.  And no, I don’t give a damn that the Greeks had different words for it.
  • In my mind I start to answer the rest of those claims – gahh! – and just don’t know where to begin.  Maybe I’m too easily frustrated but they don’t even rise to the level of being wrong.
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  1. November 10, 2011 at 22:28 | #1

    Overpopulation is a myth – it’s peachy that we have 7 billion people on the planet and there’s plenty of room for more.

    Yeah, who needs those stupid old lions, elephants, and bison anyway? Heck, if we need more room, …, I’m sure I have another box of .45-70 around here somewhere…

  2. November 13, 2011 at 00:45 | #2

    Zany …

    (Btw, George, seeing a whole bunch of code up at the top, above, your header illustration.)

  3. decrepadmin
    November 13, 2011 at 10:23 | #3

    Looks like php error reporting somehow got turned on. I never configure that way for a production site so maybe it’s something DreamHost has done. Now for a couple hours of picking through dashboards and trying to remember how to shut it off again…

  4. decrepadmin
    November 13, 2011 at 10:26 | #4

    @Cujo359 – wow I haven’t thought of 45-70 in a long time. It brings back a wonderful memory of a day when my dad and I fired one he had restored. That – is – a nontrivial weapon.

    I’m a little more concerned about the plankton than about the lions but we’re set to lose both. The video I mentioned above said that a drop in population following a peak, was predicted. Oh yes indeed, there will be a drop in population, one way or another.

  5. decrepadmin
    November 13, 2011 at 11:28 | #5

    Well I simply lack the expertise to figure it out, so I reinstalled php. Seems to have fixed it. No idea what caused it.

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