Donald wrote:It must be hard suppressing your urge to rape and kill, weekend warrior.
When I was in higher education, I was surrounded by bright people with good vocabularies who had come so far because they were able to string together a logic trail and then commit it to paper (or pixels as we have nowadays)
Later I mixed in bar rooms and then on the internet, with people who didn't have that background, and a typical response to a question such as "How did you rate the President", would be "I hate that effin nword"
Faced with that, the more educated in society feel a variety of emotions, and often try and educate their debating partner and try to put 20 years of careful thought into a 20 second lesson. It never works
I reckon Gore Vidal faced that problem every day of his life and its amazing he lived so long given the stress that this must have induced
Perhaps he learned to avoid such debating partners and made it easy on himself. People like Chris Hitchins were always going to give him a hard time, and though 180 degrees opposite, at least they were intelligent, even if they were wrong in Vidal's eyes
It's the same each time with progress. First they ignore you, then they say you're mad, then dangerous,
then there's a pause and then you can't find anyone who disagrees with you. Quote: Tony Benn