A couple of days ago, I railed to my husband about something that was not politically correct. On and on I went. I knew I was in a safe environment and I knew if I said something that sounded biased and unsympathetic he would clarify with me. It’s nice to talk with someone who knows you. With whom you can explore differing points of view without causing offence. I called my mom about the discussion to get her perspective, and after thinking and discussing all day, my opinion firmed up.
I do not think that Karen Klein should be getting money for being a sub-par bus monitor. I think the children who tormented her, behaved badly. I hope this is a kick in the pants to those who love these kids to intervene before the children become self-absorbed adults with no concept of considering the impacts of their actions on others. And unfortunately, I’ve met some adults like that. I don’t want more.
But what really pisses me off is that I didn’t share this opinion on this blog or in person or anywhere.. I was concerned about going in the face of public opinion. Afterall, to date over $650,000 USD has been raised for her through micro-financing. When people speak with their money, you know they actually mean it (or they are just rich and can afford to pay for “meaning”). I didn’t think I totally understood the situation – I hadn’t even watched the entire video. I also didn’t want to be caught up in the internet meme of the day, jumping on the bullying bandwagon so to speak.
Today, the Huffington Post published a editorial blog by Chris Kelly and he thought just like me. Just like me! Why the hell didn’t I say anything?
June 27th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Keeping my opinion to mostly myself. And that is very strange indeed.