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No man is an island…. March 22, 2013

Filed under: politics,trans stuff — eclectic chicken @ 10:31 am
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I wonder how Richard Littlejohn feels.

I wouldn’t like – in fact I refuse to see him bloated and happy in a leather office chair, whisky in hand, chortling at the fact that another tranny just hit the dust.

I hate even to think he’d be hardened enough, by a life of journalism and the faux security of only ever spouting ‘opinion’ (which as any fule knos doesn’t count towards negative effect on people), to be lying in bed reading todays stories about Lucy Meadows’ death thinking ‘hey ho’ and moving on to the sports pages.

When our lives touch another persons even briefly it ties us to them… whatever your job and whoever you are but some careers have more effect on other people.

This is the case for teachers most definitely… every child who passes through a teachers class takes a piece of that teacher with them and a little piece of the child stays in that class. Even as an ex classroom assistant I’ve had children get back in touch after a decade or so to remind me of something we did, something they learnt, sometimes to say thankyou…. for a teacher over the years that feeling, year on year, must be amazing…. that you’ve sent children onwards into life better people for being in your class.

That feeling has been taken away from primary school teacher Lucy Meadows.

The same applies to journalists… every person whose life story you touch is linked to you. I doubt there is a paid journalist in the country who can say they ‘only’ ever write good positive things about people… good positive things tend not to be newsworthy…. merely ‘worthy’ – and papers avoid worthy as a rule.

I guess over the years, if you write negatively about people, you have to cut off from those you write about, cease to see them as people in the real world with feelings and emotions. You have to disassociate your words from reality in case you have to admit they have an effect.

Maybe thats why so many seasoned journos turn to drink… its not just the long paid lunches… but the need to forget.

Thats why I wonder today how Richard Littlejohn feels, has the death of Lucy Meadows punctured his veneer?

I know in our house her death has upset us… not only for the sheer waste of a life tragedy of it, not just becuase as she was a transwoman we have common experience and empathy for her story but also when the original monstering of her took place late last year Jane connected with the story and counteracted and corrected the damage of the mainstream press as best she could  and then wrote a thoughtful piece that moved the story on in the New Statesman.

But to wake up and know that the way you touched someones life was so negative that their life was made a misery, that they had to take time out from a job they loved, that they… well… the coronor report isn’t back yet… but chances are that Lucy took her own life.

It’s not just Littlejohn, though his voice and therefore impact are the largest. Its the badly written articles (even now surrounding Lucy’s death), misgendering, sniping, insulting, demeaning. Its the person who took the story of their childs teacher to the press… its every parent who reveled in their ignorance in the playground about a teachers ‘otherness’.

It’s everyone who turns and points and laughs in the street at someone for being different.

It’s everyone who reads the papers for ‘this’ sort of story.

So no it’s not just Littlejohn…. but this story… this one story… lets let him own it. Let him have the death certificate of Lucy Meadows in a frame on his office desk.

I’m sure, underneath the justification of ‘getting paid’ ‘only having opinions’ and needing to support his family he must feel awful… he MUST, he’d be inhuman not to, and he needs to hold on to that feeling with all his might.


4 Responses to “No man is an island….”

  1. Wonderer Says:

    It’s very true. We can have far more impact on someone’s life – for good or for ill – than we realise; by what we say, what we write; even just the way we look at someone. Every interaction we have with someone goes some way towards affecting how they feel about themselves, contributing to personal growth or diminishment – or even to depression and worse. And sometimes we can’t know what effect we have; sometimes we can inadvertantly offend. Sometimes the recipient of our attention can misinterpret our intention or our attitude. All we can do as individuals in those instances is to try to make all of our interactions as positive as possible for as many as possible of those involved, or at least try to do no harm; to cause no hurt or offence.

    Some people of course think it is their basic human right to be offensive. Some fiercely resist (or mock) attempts to encourage, incentivise or educate in civil, couretous behaviour, or to legislate against the worst excesses of hateful behaviour.

    Wouldn’t it be good if our inherent motivations were more civilised, so that no-one woudl even think there was a need for invcentives, legislation or even education in such matters.

    Changing the human attitudes and motiavtions is incredibly difficult, and yet of such potential value for creating amore hamonious society.

    • dillo Says:

      It is a pity that white people have lost every sense of godliness, you are here trying to nail the journalist for writing against evil and sin, if you don’t repent you too will die and go to eternal punishment which is hellfire, do you think God is foolish for creating Lucy a male? if his father turned to a tranny will he be born? you dis respect natural order for temporal pleasure, hellfire is real…

  2. Eve Says:

    Well said Andrea.

  3. Kitty Says:

    I guess over the years, if you write negatively about people, you have to cut off from those you write about, cease to see them as people in the real world with feelings and emotions. You have to disassociate your words from reality in case you have to admit they have an effect. Dildo. oops sorry meant to write Dillo, read the above again you may have misinterpreted what (white) andrea , was trying to get across, I have not read about the death of this woman so don’t know her tragic situation, but what I got from the story is on of compassion and humanity and respect for our fellow man/woman weather they be man/woman black or white, and as a journalist this Richard Little john should show some respect, Not sure what wacky weed your on, but this article has nothing to do with godliness, eternal punishment, hellfire,?? evil and sin….oh dear…your real name is not jesus is it???

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