Been reading a book on the Big Easy, Tom Piazza’s Why New Orleans Matters. Reflecting on his surprise at learning that a musician read philosophy, the author philosophizes himself:
It is an old American situation, of course—anyone interested in an extended essay on the subject should read Ralph Ellison’s “The Little Man at Chehaw Station,” in his collection Going to the Territory, or Constance Rourke’s American Humor, both extended meditations on the masks not just that we put on for others but that we put on others, that surprises that lurk so often around the corner of someone’s seemingly straightforward identity. It is a lesson that one has to learn continually in New Orleans. Things are always more complex than they seem.
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The masks that we put on others. To our commenters, think about that before you reply to someone who offers an opinion different from your own. Don’t make assumptions about who they are. You may be surprised how much you have in common. (Reminder to self: do need write that post on how Paula Deen brings together GayPatriot readers with contrasting political views.)
The masks that we put on others. The masks some of our ideological adversaries place on gay conservatives when they make assumptions about our motives.
Read the passage above, then re-read it. There’s much wisdom there. And not just about New Orleans.