ARE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE
allowed to have (but never you) …
… unless you are a signed up ostentatiously demonstrative part of The Herd*.
Snipped from this morning’s Southland Times—
“You are violating the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Code of Ethics that says “In order to promote inclusion and eradicate discrimination librarians and other information workers ensure that the right of accessing information is not denied and that equitable services are provided for everyone whatever their age, citizenship, political belief, physical or mental ability, gender identity, heritage, education, income, immigration and asylum-seeking status, marital status, origin, race, religion or sexual orientation.”
—concerning the refurbished and ever-so-with-it (actually the ultimate in inoffensive PC, too) Invercargill Library.
TO NOT DIGRESS
(and referring to a faded generation) naval Captain S. W. Roskill was asked of his (RN cruiser’s crew which at the time was almost exclusively New Zealanders) “And how is your crew?” to which the (traditional, but superlative) Captain gave the rueful reply: “Five hundred individuals!”
Different age …
We are not (R) NOT allowed to have opinions. Not today. Not in New Zealand. So if the foul filthy chain-smoking stinking unshaven unwashed grime ridden flea dripping drunken snot dribbling drooling booze reeking ‘person’ falls over you in the library, or anywhere … smile sweetly and demonstrate your tolerance and acceptance—and especially, try to encourage such bold/brave individuality and initiative.
For myself I (do and always shall) reserve the right to form my own opinions, weighing against my own values**.
(If you don’t like that—go suck eggs. Bad eggs. Really bad eggs …)
* And a values-free zone i.e. (dare I say it?) valueless.
** Which I’m happy to re-value if ever demonstrated false.