Posted by: chiarraigrrl | March 8, 2010

To each their own, indeed…

I once read a phrase in an Anne Perry book that went something along the lines of “a man can be as mad as he wants, as long as he doesn’t break the law” and thought both how amusing it was and how accurately it can sometimes be applied to this country.

This evening as I was leaving the Swan Centre and headed for the bus stop, I could hear shouting, but couldn’t work out where exactly it was coming from. As it turned out, there was a fairly normal-looking middle-aged man standing a bit up from the bus stop… shouting at the top of his lungs (and fair play, he had a good set of lungs on ‘im) about how we were all “abominations in the eyes of holy God”, referring to the Scribes and the Pharisees, passing remark on the big houses and our (society’s, presumably) hypocrisy. Of course, I had two immediate reactions – one was to try not to laugh, of course, and the other gut reaction was to think about ringing the Rathmines Garda Station on the basis that he was creating a public disturbance. Naturally, I thought it was too amusing to do anything about, and he didn’t seem to be about to get violent or anything, so I figured probably best to leave him be and he’d get it out of his system. I noticed a few other people were trying not to laugh as well, and two women who were trying to indiscreetly discuss his raving had a little chuckle, and one turned around to the other and went “Well, to each their own, I suppose…”.

Indeed…

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