Shouting at People in Restaurants

fire and ice

This seems to be the day when we debate whether it is a good idea or a bad idea to shout at Trump officials and supporters while they eat in restaurants. Answer: not a good idea.

But the question is wrong. The question should be whether we should continue to recognize Trump officials and supporters as members of polite society. The question is, should we pretend we can have a normal conversation with them, when we cannot in fact have a normal conversation with them because they manfully refuse to recognize reality—or to admit that empathy is a valid human emotion?

The answer is no, we can’t, and no, we shouldn’t pretend.

IMHO, the right response is not fire. The right response is cold, hard ice.

Some say the world will end in fire,

Some say in ice.

From what I’ve tasted of desire

I hold with those who favor fire.

But if it had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate

To say that for destruction ice

Is also great

And would suffice.

– Robert Frost