she talks about "hippies", because we had a conversation at GA about just what a "hippie" is, by her definition. It's much the same way my son talks about some of the Unitarian Universalists he's known in the course of his life as a birthright UU. And forgive me, CC and MG, if I get it wrong, but, dang, I love those UUs who sit out front of the Convention Center with their unreadable signs (the lettering being too small to be seen from the street or the MAX, making them useless). I love the ones who show up for protest marches and rallies even though they know that such activities are unlikely to end the war or save the old growth forest. I love the ones who can afford to take the time to lie down in front of trains carrying nuclear warheads, and the young men and women with trust funds who don't have to work and can therefore go to jail because they won't lose a job.
I know it, I'm crazy, but here's the deal: they are all so damned EARNEST! I like that in a person, even though it smacks of righteous piety, even though it seems hokey and useless. If the world was emptied of earnest people who do some of this footwork for those of us who do work day jobs, who make effective signs, who are a little nervous about trains and jails, where would we be? Would the world be getting better or not? Is their earnestness worse than our cynicism?
Frankly, I think we need the extremes out there, both the far ends of the religious right and the religious left. I think we need sin/evil/bad vibes in the world to inspire us to strive for the good. So often we do good in response to bad, rather than good for good's sake. It seems to be a human trait to respond somehow to what we see happening in the world. And sometimes our responses express our desire for change, rather than force change itself. But, hey, a girl's gotta do something, right?
The extremes get us going. The anti-gay picketers at Pride look foolish in comparison to the joyous expressions of acceptance and love by Pride supporters and activists, and we redouble our efforts to do the work because we are so juiced by the ridiculousness of the anti movement. So maybe if our earnest but less-effective UUs invite our scorn, they also invite us to get going on the real work.
This is all being said on an empty stomach. I think I'll go have some breakfast.