I haven’t played along with Melanie for awhile now but today seems like a good day to join in on the fun.
- Where’s the line between respectful disagreement and being downright mean (bullying) to someone? Respectful disagreement requires that voices be modulated and reasonable, with each party explaining their viewpoints and refraining from being pushy. Bullying involves less tempered words and far too often, name calling. Bullying is what you see too much of on social media, and hear too much of from the man who sits in the highest seat in the nation.
- Would you prefer to live in a world where alcohol was free or where politicians were honest? That’s an easy one. I’d go for honest politicians any time, since we the people are the ones that end up paying for everything anyway.
- What’s one habit you have that your family or friends think is rather childish? Ummm – this is where respectful disagreement comes in, I think. My family and friends have not pointed out to me that I’m being childish if I indeed am – just as I do not point such behavior out to them. Some things need to be handled with diplomacy.
- Would you rather go to a big party and rub shoulders with the rich and famous or go to an amazing quiet Garden that hardly anyone has ever visited? Another easy one. The quiet garden calls to me. I am not among the rich and famous and am quite certain we would have no common grounds to share anyway.
Halloween Question: What do you think of the idea of “trick or treat or money for a charity” as a way of making Halloween more useful? I am not a fan of Halloween, although I certainly was when I was a kid, but I think supporting charities of our choice should be something we do because we want to help and are in a position to do so, and there’s no need to set a specific time for that. Besides, the way the world is today, someone would end up twisting it into personal gain for themselves.
Maybe we’’d better get back to the gratitude questions quickly – I seem to be quite jaded today. Apparently I need reminding of the good things in life.