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Argumentative [Jul. 9th, 2011|09:13 am]
Tony Grist
We took my mother-in-law to Sainsburys yesterday, where we met her next door neighbour and had to give her a lift home. This next-door neighbour is an aggrieved person whose father used to be a communist shop steward- and she started talking about how Asians should have their own bathhouses and not pollute "ours" and I called her a racist and we both became spluttering and incoherent. I wish I could be Buddhalike about these provocations, but it appears I can't. Afterwards I said to Ailz that I seem to have a thing about getting into arguments with shrill and opinionated old ladies and she pointed out that this particular old lady is approximately the same age as me- and might even be younger. Oh.

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-09 01:54 pm (UTC)
That's good advice. I need to bear it in mind.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-07-10 06:15 pm (UTC)
I think you are right to challenge it. And if they hear how angry you are, maybe it will make them re-examine their opinions. To say nothing is to condone the racist remark.
Jenny x
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-07-13 08:44 am (UTC)
I need to be calmer, though. I turn it into an argument when it would be better to have a debate.
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