Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Contrarian Possibility Of What Katie Sadler Said About John McCain


Here's an unpleasing, unlovely contrarian thought.

Gallows humour is grim and ironic humour in a desperate or hopeless situation.

Who among us especially in bleak situations has not cracked wise in this way?

Who among us has not said these grim things in the expectation of privacy and would be deeply ashamed if the remark went public?

Who among us isn't frightened of the possibility that certain things we joke about in this vein might go public and, so, have become more vigilant about what we say and to whom we say it? 

Who among us doesn't hold the gallows humour of friends against them as not reflective of who they are and knowing the context and intent of the private remarks? 

Is there anyone so pure among us such that their answer to these questions is, "Not me" but to the last one is, "l do?

So, is it possible that Sadler, who said that despicable thing about McCain, was blowing off some gallows humour steam with the expectation that it wouldn't be made public? 

Is it possible her failure lies in her foolish reckoning that "this is just among us" rather than or more than what she said as meant gallows humour? 

Understood this way, ought this change our view of what she said and does vilifying her for what she said, on this view of it, cast us as offending the injunction not to cast stones if we are with sin?

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