I learned a valuable lesson this week: Never send a politically charged "petition" email to all contacts in your address book.
I ended up losing a few friends in the process simply because our politics are invariably different. It's not so much the intent of the forwarded email that bothers me as much as the manner in which it was interpreted and proccessed.
I'm not going to rant or name names because in the final analysis, humankind has bigger and more pressing issues to deal with.
I didn't need to be told that.
I'm a big boy.
Ultimately, I zigged when I should have zagged and carbon copied myself into an inescapable corner; not a comfortable place to be.
I felt like the AFLAC duck trying to cope with a rambling Yogi Berra.
If you've seen the commercial you know where I'm coming from.
I sent out an email apologizing to all that were offended; a cyberspatial bandaid at best but I felt it needed to be done.
I will say that I now know where some folks stand politically and that in the future I'll be standing far away from the salty societal funk and even further away from my computer keyboard where I'll continue to think my own thoughts.
Thank God, I still have the freedom to do that.