Upsetting
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
 
GLM note: The following continues the "Letter to Lettie" begun with this post.

I never was much for all that LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT stuff, anyway. I could never get it to jibe with how I thought things were supposed to be, you know? To my simple mind it was like: Here I don’t like this thing, so my only course of action is to leave it?

I dunno, but that seems a little defeatist and anathema to everything most parents try to teach their kids. All that TRY, TRY AGAIN business and NEVER GIVE UP.

The little train chugging up the hill.

There’s something Orwellian about LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, though I suppose in Orwell it would be more like LOVE IT OR ELSE or YOU CAN’T LEAVE, SO YOU MIGHT AS WELL LOVE IT. That’s kinda how it is, though.

Another of those things they pounded into our heads growing up was the purportedly inalienable right of free speech. Of course, the reality of and costs associated with free speech spawned a slew of clichés and cute little sayings about THE PRICE OF FREE SPEECH.

And then they say to LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.
 
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