Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Stephen Colbert and Freedom of Speech

When you are in school there are a few different types you meet: there are bullies, who hurt people physically or psychologically because they have screwed up parents (every other day, or every once in a while, the bully may act ok, but this doesn't make them stop being a bully any more than your mother's or babysitter's hiding behind her hands when playing peek-a-boo with you as a toddler made that person cease existing; the bully knows what he or she is doing), there are people who cheer on the bullies (who don't look or act like bullies, who don't think of themselves as bullis, but who are because they condone what the bully does), there are people who get picked on by the bullies and who never really accept how they're being victimized- who go through life always thinking that the bully is about to start appreciating them or that the bully really likes them, and that he or she isn't just a clod who never changes And then there are people like me: people who realize that there are some people who just want to hurt people (because it makes them feel significant), some people who cheer those who hurt others on (because they are weak), and some people who are victimized and never own up to it (because they are cowardly), and that you can't make everybody perfect and you just have to accept the types that are out there and that when you have to deal with them you just need to get them to do what you need them to in terms of their own way of looking at things, their own paradigm.

These two (I was interrupted in making them) are my take on Stephen Colbert's gutsy words at the 2006 White House Correspondent's Association Dinner. They're very simple and they're each under 4:00.