Monday, September 19, 2005

90 Glittering Comments

The Glittering Muse, known around here as Garnet, has gotten on board with Darren's Blog Crush Idea and Duncan's 100 Blogs in 100 Days to start the 90 Great Comments Contest. He will be featuring a great comment from a great blog on his own blog for each of the next 9o days.

The thoughtful man was kind enough to start with me. I put one of his comments here to show he’s no comment piker either. I pulled this comment from our discussion on Social Conformity.

Garnet said...
Some thoughts after reading all these rich comments. Conformity can also be good, a positive influence. It can break people out of weak habits by pressuring them to straighten up.

And non-conformists, outsiders, may grow stronger by that exclusion, may develop greater compassion through the pain and loneliness. They are more willing to tell the truth as they see it.

In some ancient societies, the outsiders were seen as shamans, like the idiot savant, or the berdashe. Some societies reap the benefits and some do not. This difference could be seen as a barometer of a society's health.


I value the opinion that sees all sides of the question.

—me strauss Letting me be

4 comments:

melly said...

What a comment. So poignant and informative.

And what a great idea - 90 best comments. How do they come up with these things??? :)

Thanks Liz for bringing this to our attention.

ME Strauss said...

Melly,
How great to see you!
Yes didn't Garnet have a wonderful idea! What a way to celebrate our readers and the insights they bring to the table.

Thanks for coming by and noticing.
Liz

garnet said...

Liz, thanks for the support. And for the quote. we'll see what happens.

ME Strauss said...

Garnet,

No worries, you have friends. Your contest will be a success.