The recent three-day suspension of Albuquerque school superintendent Winston Brooks disturbed me. I got to know Brooks pretty well when he was Wichita school superintendent. I consider him an intelligent, well-spoken person. That’s why it surprised me that he had tweeted inappropriately.
I have been sharing my opinions with radio listeners for more than 40 years. My private opinions are the same as my public ones, only tempered by my surroundings. In private conversation I hold my tongue when I am confronted by someone spouting tripe. I seldom discuss politics or religion, and only approach sports guardedly.
The point is, so many are new at this sharing-opinions game and they haven’t experienced my four decades of being criticized by those who disagree with my opinions. Most often they try to hang a label on me, as they tell me they are smarter and better informed than I can ever be … and of course, they’re right and I’m wrong!
Welcome to the dangers of opinion-sharing, folks.
Our thought for today is from Ambrose Bierce:
“Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one’s own opinion.” Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.