I’m not sure I would consider mercy anywhere near a top virtue, maybe not even a virtue at all. A value, sure, but in the right context, and that swings both ways. It can be just as inappropriate to grant mercy in some situations as it is appropriate to grant it in others.
But certainly, I’ve never been a fan of mercy for mercy’s sake.
So the back story, for those who don’t know is that I just removed a hit piece I did last night focussing on an individual self-described as a vegetarian and a journalist. This person said some silly things in comments on another post, was rebuffed by another commenter and ultimately emailed me threatening legal action.
So I did my hit piece with lots of my typical invective and there were lots of comments. 90%+ positive here, but three or so highly negative comments on the FTA Facebook page (I deleted the post there, too). These were your typical, "I’m not going to read you any more" and, "I wish your wife well," the latter being of the form that always cracks me up — like my wife is some prisoner who would otherwise bolt if I didn’t have her chained down, or something.
The comments I like the best are those who recognize that I’m not and am never going to be the paleo / primal blog that attempts to appeal to everyone all the time, never offend anyone, never ruffle feathers, play paleo politics… Screw that.
And as for the "you’re giving the paleo community a bad name" sort of stuff, listen: if I can give the paleo community a bad name, then it’s definitely not worth a shit anyway.
So I suppose you want to know why I removed the post. Well, I got an email from the individual. Then another and another, all very open, all contrite, all apologetic; all demonstrating a sort of anguish over the whole thing.
I’m direct and I can be an asshole, but I’m not going to be cruel. So I removed it.