John Mullen wrote:
>I think it is premature to say what the majority of the people
in any region
> want. That's the reason there is going to be a referendum! Anything
> we say
> now is guesswork. Divided or not, Ireland belongs to its citizens and
> finally, they have a chance to speak.
> In America, we had a civil war, which fortunately was resolved, as
> beyond the fighting stage, long ago. It was, and is, a very
> thing from the struggle in Ireland. The only thing I see in common is
> too many people died.
Well, I think we could find a lot more similarities between the two
conflicts, but that's off-topic.
> Finally, if you are going to talk to Irish people about anything, be
> prepared for an argument.
Especially if you adopt a minority opinion on a controversial topic. I'm
not suggesting that one shouldn't adopt a minority opinion--I frequently
find myself in that situation--but one should be prepared to deal with
the consequences of one's choice. One should also learn to distinguish
between rejection of a person's opinion and rejection of a person. They
are different and one of the things I appreciate about this list is
that, by and large, people disagree about topics without using personal
denigration (there are exceptions, of course). Another thing I like
about this list is that Celts of all types of opinion, background, and
religious persuasion manage to find room here so long as they are
willing to support their ideas with rational thinking and factual
evidence. That enables us to see just how much we have in common and
where we can work together, something that people in Ireland--including
the resident members of this list--are dealing with in real, concrete
terms, not just the theoretics that we debate on this list. *Their*
lives, livelihood, and happiness are on the line. For the rest of us, no
matter how passionately interested we are, it does not have the same
impact or effect on our daily lives. At least that's my take on things.
> We aren't hostile. We just believe that anything
> worth discussing is worth discussing well!