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Hypocrisy intrigues me. People are insanely contradictory about a lot of things. We "cherish life", but make it a point to kill every fly, mosquito, spider, and rat that comes trodding our way.

I was walking down (okay, up... I was technically going uphill) to my car today and a dove walked past me on the street, followed by a pigeon. I thought "awww... a dove" in that sort of cherished way. Then I thought "ewww... a pigeon" in that please-can-I-kick-it kind of way. I thought about the contradiction... that the dove was somehow better because it symbolized purity and peace, while pigeons don't really symbolize anything except the flying rat incarnate.

It's really not fair to either one. They're the same species (I think)... why do I find good things in the one that has a genetic anomaly? Why don't I feel like kicking both of them equally (for the record, I have never kicked a pigeon). They're both flying rats, and do the exact same things. They could even have been born of the same parents. Is it the novelty of the dove? Is it the fact that one's white and the other's grey? ...that white somehow has come to symbolize purity? From a purist, color perspective, that's a pretty flawed perspective, since white is "nearly all light of all visible wavelengths"... since it's the most diluted, isn't white really the "dirtiest" of the colors? The most impure embodiment of light?

It's one of those amazingly hypocritical things that our society seems to generally subscribe to (there are exceptions, but 50.1+% probably agree).
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Date:November 21st, 2004 05:44 pm (UTC)
just goes to show that bigotry is a learned response.
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Date:November 21st, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
This is what it sounds like when doves cry...

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Date:November 21st, 2004 09:38 pm (UTC)
Very interesting and provocative thoughts...

Are you going to do anything about your personal situation, since I believe your observation about society's bang-on...

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Date:November 22nd, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
oh, further ramblings:

Feeling like kicking a pigeon, whilst a cruel thought, isn't actually a cruel deed. I've tried to kick a pigeon once or twice, just to see if it could be done. That's a cruel intention, but again, isn't actually a cruel deed, because I didn't succeed... fast lil fuckers, they are.

But I really won't be shedding too many tears about the altogether more insidious act of eating a turkey... Hopefully with gravy from a cow.

Happy give-thanksing that we don't have turkeys roaming the gutters.

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