Please note that in none of the above have I asked you to show me someone else’s work. They may have perfectly good thoughts, or perfectly foul ones, but it is not they who are addressing me on the internet – it is you.
By all means believe them and embrace their philosophies, varied as they may be. Support them as fiercely as you like. Scorn where they scorn and simper where they simper – it is a free country after all and you need not think as directed by anyone.
And that is the point of this column…neither do I.
So I would ask you to not to be shocked or offended if I calmly tear whatever electronic placard you are waving in my face from the stick and toss it into the virtual wastebasket unread. You’ll not perceive this as I will not unfriend you over it. You are not a placard or a meme – you are a real human being with real thoughts. If you express them to me in your own words, I will listen.
You may keep the stick.