Friday, December 12, 2008

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On occasion, Dear Gentle Reader(s), a thought comes to light which virtually defies description in the limited space available in a “title.”

One such thought appeared in The Desert Sun, the local paper in Palm Springs, in a letter to the editor on December 11, 2008:

A man and woman are equal partners, but different and complimentary in so many ways. That is why Adam was pleased with God's gift of Eve. Only the combination of man and woman can produce children and hence the continuation of a society.

Might one extrapolate?  “…Adam was pleased with God’s gift of Eve.”  Um…What?  God “gave” Eve to Adam?  Eve was a gift?  Did anyone ask Eve if this was OK with her?  God gives gifts?  Is there a receipt for possible exchange?

The letter writer lives in Indian Wells, a quite wealthy community in the heart of the Coachella Valley.  It is the home of the tennis tournament which brings thousands to Southern California.  It once tried to foist its low-income housing requirements onto a neighboring city.  One might think, then, that the writer is not completely a sheep, blindly following a religious tenet.

So.  What to think?  How might one write a headline which encompasses a person’s insensitivity, ignorance, audacity, virtual blasphemy, and courage to face his female spouse as well as another’s astonishment that such a thought would be uttered in the first decade of the 21st century?

Suggestions are welcome.

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