Recently I have blocked two friends from calling or texting me. I did it in part to protect myself from their inane – and insane – thoughts and theories, and partly out of anger. But I feel better. I’m not putting up with the abuse that lurks in all the subtext. All the things I have to tacitly agree with for us to have any kind of discussion. These are two life-long friends, one since childhood (a cousin my same age), and another friend of 40 years.
I’ve been estranged from my cousin before, but we resolved those differences last year – and got new ones! No, they are the same. MSNBC has driven him insane. And he’s a psychotherapist.
The other one, is a New Yorker who professes to hate Democrats but amazingly always seems to take their side on any issue. He’s ‘smart’, has worked all over the world consulting for banks. He sent me a video of Rick Wilson two weeks ago. I had already told him Rick Wilson was a fraud and a scumbag after he sent me something from him a couple months ago. I guess he didn’t listen or didn’t respect my sensibilities. Blocked.
Mind you, I can have an objective, dispassionate discussion on politics. I’m used to, and comfortable with, disagreement. But not not accepting these massive Trojan Horse concepts like “insurrection” etc.
Now I’ve returned fire from another friend. He’s a Psychiatrist – a medical doctor, Jewish (non practicing) from Long Island (still has the accent) something of a meat-glutton (loves pork) and has a well-developed ability to party and have a good time .
His step-son died of a fentanyl overdose only a year ago. He plays guitar and sings as a hobby, both very badly. I tried to jam with him and he’s utterly unable to play with others. Music for him is a dream-state he drifts into alone and without self-judgement. Sometimes I envy that ability, but the results from that aren’t at all positive. He tries to be non-political but he’s mainline BBC/PBS/CNN and claims to watch Fox on occasion to ‘get the other side’ . He prides himself on being able to prescribe just the right doses of psychotropics and other medications to offset side-effects to give his patients (yes, some of whom are really eff-ed up) a comfortable life.
Here’s the e-mail blast I received:
I just heard this on the news and am passing it along in the hope that you might be able to help someone you know who is at high risk for Covid-19 complications. (some government website)
Here is the e-mail I sent him this morning:
On 02/17/2021 8:56 PM philaneil xxxxxx wrote:
Hi AllI just heard this on the news and am passing it along in the hope that you might be able to help someone you know who is at high risk for Covid-19 complications. See Combatcovid.hhs.gov.Up to 70% reduction in hospitalization and also reduction in death.We made it a year.Let’s keep everyone we know in our lives.LoveNeil
Whatdyya think? Too harsh?
I’m interested in your thoughts. Is it just me who has found another level of I-don’t-care-anymore attitude?