You recently sent me an email titled “Want to piss off Trump?” No—I don’t. And here's why I wish you had not asked:
You have officially taken a wrong turn onto the low road. I want to stand with oppressed people of all colors, beliefs and orientations, but not at the expense of being—or at least trying to be—a compassionate and open-minded adult human being. Let’s not resort to the style of conflict resolution that I employed as a thirteen-year-old, thinking that, if I can’t beat ‘em, I may as well annoy them.
Hate is so easy, even a child can do it! If we think that our mission is just, we must act, but act appropriately. Sometimes, the feelings we omit from the discussion are more important than those we include. Let us not resort to the cynical antagonistic behaviors I contemplated in my prior letter. (You might have missed it.) Constructive dialogue is the only non-violent and non-catastrophic way forward. By signing your online petition, I feel that I would be displaying the same toxic brand of self-righteousness that so insidiously permeates every thread of modern political discourse.
Do we really believe that the “He hit me first!” reasoning of a toddler applies to our toughest social and political challenges? I suspect it does not, so, although I agree that Donald Trump appointing a climate-change denier (apparently funded by Exxon Mobil and the Koch family) to run the Environmental Protection Agency seems a strange--even dangerous—course of action, I choose to express that opinion outside of your campaign.
Whipping up a stiff froth of disdain is a sure path toward conflicts that can only be resolved through violence or a complete and total implosion of the system—and I want no part in this manipulative, grassroots, left-wing whining. I choose not to act hypocritically, and feel that I can only achieve that end by declining to sign your petition. I hope you understand.
On the flip-side, I already have enough spam messages to delete, so if you keep 'em coming it only makes my decision to unsubscribe easier. I’ll leave that up to you. Thanks for all that you do—but also don’t do!
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.