What is it with humans?
People seem obliged, compelled, destined, you name it, to convince others of the importance, correctness, and burning necessity of their personal opinions (even if copied, acquired, or stolen from someone else)? I have already mentioned my aversion to television evangelists, pundits, and missionaries beating some gospel into poor natives of an invaded country. You can't get away from it nowhere.
I have never noticed an animal attempting to convince a fellow creature of anything. Ever see a cow try to lead another to a juicier piece of pasture? Or a dog lead a buddy to a good place to sniff? Wild animals seem to fill up on killed prey before meandering away, as opposed to inviting friends to join the meal. Cats certainly do not share opinions on anything.
What brought on this rant? I came across another article about conflicting opinions in Vanity Fair. Tony Blair (in the running for all-time greatest liar...but the lead pack is crowded) and Christopher Hitchens faced off on the question of religion. Who cares? People should be able to believe whatever garbage they want to believe, without someone trying to convince them of their folly. There is no folly; there are only different, competing follies. I did not read beyond the headline and subhead.
nb. To all those that find the word "hypocrite" sneaking into their thoughts: don't let it in. I merely express opinions, observations, and suggestions, served up on a silver platter of irony, wit, or wide-eyed disbelief. There will never be preaching...not even even the Gospel of Me...or cramming of anything into anywhere.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.