The broken toggle switch in the master bathroom isn’t a particularly difficult item to repair when you have the right parts and tools.
I own the proper tools but I don’t remember if I have the meter I need here in Texas or if it is in the tool chest in California.
Going to need to buy a new switch so I could pick up another meter too or just turn off the power to the whole house. Unless there is something weird I should be able to take the old one out and replace it in less than 15 minutes.
It is good to have options for approaching some things but it is not good to have friends who think facts are optional.
That was my initial thought when I received a couple of Facebook friend requests. “You think facts are optional. Anything you don’t like is fake and anything that fits your narrative is real.
What makes you think I am a good person to befriend.”
It is possible the requests were accidental and they didn’t intend to extend their hand to me but I don’t have much interest in finding out.
There are some areas that I refuse to engage in.
People who tell me that Sandy Hook was staged and the earth is flat without having prefaced their statement by saying they had a lobotomy or stroke are on my list.
That is an incomplete list but some of the folks who sent me friend requests occupy higher positions on that aforementioned list.
Maybe I ought to ask them to come help replace that broken toggle and not turn the power off…
I confess to having mild interest in asking these fine folks why they sent requests to me but not enough to dedicate any time to it.
Friendships are funny things in that you can be very close with people who have reprehensible views as long as you don’t know about them.
That is a case in which ignorance is bliss.
Some have suggested there is a fault in not being willing to be friends with people who disagree with you but if you really dig into the idea there are levels of disagreement.
For example if you a reformed White supremacist it is possible for there to be friendship as long as the trust that you are reformed is there.
But if you tell me you hate all Jews, Blacks and Asians there isn’t going to be a reason to have a conversation about friendship.
There are levels and layers but this post isn’t being written to dig and explore them all. At best you get the quick and superficial glance like the one above.
And you get the comment tied to the headline of this being the beginning of a beautiful unfriending or whatever you call not accepting a friend request.
I’ll add that someone asked me not long ago if I would be willing to try to build a friendship with someone I vehemently disagreed with.
So let’s ask what would happen if that white supremacist/antisemite/homophobe wanted to engage in a real dialogue.
Would I do it? Would I dig in and see if I could change their mind?
It’s not impossible but it is still doubtful. People don’t just change and I am not trained to deprogram folks.
Would I try to bring someone who believes the world is flat and that Sandy Hook was fake back to reality?
Unless I knew them well and determined that aliens had stolen their brain it is unlikely. Much as I enjoy a good debate the idea of digging in with someone who thinks facts are mutable isn’t real interesting.
But hey, you never know what I will say or do, I am that kind of rebel.
Still got to figure these folks sent me these requests by accident and not intentionally.
Sometimes life is ever so peachy.