I’ve thought this for ages, the way people treat people with cancer with so much reverence, for instance.  Suffering does not make you a saint or especially worthy of respect.

Why am I saying this?  Here I am in Bulgaria, having started off respecting these people because of the suffering they have been through with communism, but today I am thinking, and have been for a while, they must have been pretty vicious/stupid in the first place, to allow such a thing to take hold in their country.  It wasn’t all the Russians.  Bulgarians did it too.  I read it on a political publication site, how a man being stoned appealed to his fellow Bulgarians to come to their senses.  Well, I think, on the whole, they still haven’t.