A few weeks ago I was in the Pajamas Media offices and saw the illustrious Baldilocks there, but I didn’t have a chance to say hello. (Hello!) She wrote this little parable a few weeks ago in another context, but when I saw it I thought it was a brilliant rendering of what happens all too often when someone tries to explain the jihad threat to a person who absolutely will not see it.
Another One-Act Play
He: The sky is blue.
She: No it’s not, it’s plaid.
He: Why are you saying that?
She: Because that the way I see it.
He: But it is the color that has been historically called blue.
She: I don’t see it that way.
He: (stops passing man and points at the sky) What color is that?
Man: Blue. (Man goes on his way.)
He: (stops another passing man and points at the sky) Welche Farbe is das?
Man 2: Blau. (Man goes on his way.)
He: (stops a woman and points at the sky) Â¿De quÃ© color es que?
Woman: Azul. (Woman goes on her way.)
He: See? Everyone sees blue up there.
She: But it’s not blue, it’s plaid.
He: No it’s not””it’s blue!
She: I have a right to say it’s plaid! Are you trying to infringe upon my rights?
He: What? This conversation doesn’t have anything to do with your r””
She: I see. I”ve hurt your feelings. You simply feel that the sky is blue. Well, I can’t do anything about your feelings. The sky is plaid and that’s that.
He: (pauses with jaw-dropped) Rights and feelings? The color of the sky is objectively blue! Plaid is not a single color! It’s a–
She: I’ll come back when you”ve calmed down. (walks away)
I refuse to calm down!