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  •  I would absolutely help them if I could (11+ / 0-)

    even though given what they've believed and done, they don't really deserve it.

    But I'm with Ursula LeGuin on that one.

    Do not speak of what men deserve. For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead Kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger. Have we not eaten while another starved? Will you punish us for that? Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate? No man earns punishment, no man earns reward. Free your mind of the idea of deserving, of earning, and you will begin to be able to think.
    Ursula K. LeGuin (b.1929)
    The Dispossessed, 1974
    (Odo, The Prison Letters)

    Nonetheless, I think there's room here for pointing out rank hypocrisy, and I'd be surprised if LeGuin (and Odo) wouldn't agree with that.

    I tried to go online to find a similar bear head...but when I searched “Big Bear Head” it gave me a San Diego craigslist ad entitled “Big Bear needs some quick head now” and then I just decided to never go on the internet again.--Jenny Lawson

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 02:34:23 PM PDT

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