Oh joy. Ramana is back – he even “offers an apology”. Why not just apologize, Ramana? You might see it as just so much semantics; it isn’t. Anyway, hardly matters: Manners maketh the man. Yours have let you down big time. So you may sit and stew in an apology which you don’t even mean. “ONE reader” – don’t be so coy, Ramana: I do have a name. It’s Ursula, remember?
You may edit as much as you like – the original meaning shines through: Loud, clear and shouting.
That paragraph of yours in “Trial and Retribution II” is something else: Oh, Ramana, did no one ever teach you to think first and answer second? Bit late in the day now, but try it some time. Here goes the mighty Ramana: “I understand that there is real aversion to the quip on rape. Fair enough. In the rough and tumble crowd that I orbit in, this quip is unlikely to raise any flak, as it will be perceived to be what it is – an analogy – a form of reasoning in which one thing is inferred to be similar to another thing in a certain respect, on the basis of the known similarity between the things in other respects. Obviously, it offends others, more sensitive to the word/process etc. I also realize that it is not politically correct among some of my readers, to make such jokes .” Ramana, you “understand” nothing. What’s” fair” about it? Such an empty no-hoper of an expression. Then you try a Conrad – all intellectual, alas in your case scrambled, undecipherable verbal garbage : “An analogy”? For what? “A form of reasoning …” Dear god in heaven, Ramana. Still, recognition where it’s due: You do “realise that it’s not politically correct, …”. That is so generous of you, Ramana. “Politically correct”? Are you feeling ok? Since when does the disdainful use of the phrase ”politically correct” come into the reasoning on violence and slaughter? I am all ear. If you live in an “orbit” that makes light of rape and its likes maybe you should consider moving back to civilization. Do not use your surroundings as an excuse to make questionable ‘jokes’. So most unbecoming someone your age. Please do refer back to Frankl for guidance.
Was charmed – and I mean it – by GM’s diplomatic answer. So there, Ramana, is a friend you haven’t lost. Someone who can square her conscience with her feelings for a friend. Count yourself lucky.