DELIBERATE MISQUOTATION – This week’s prompt requires you to revise the past by restating a quote to mean something quite different than it originally meant.
I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. - Voltaire
An up-to-date rendering might be:
I don't agree with what you have to say. If you don't stop saying it, I'll shoot you. - Marilyn
There is no way that I can reconcile the original with my version. They are antithetical, at opposite ends of the “tolerance” spectrum. But I think my revised version is a pretty good expression of life in the 21 century.
No one wants compromise. Or open dialogue. No exchange of ideas, but we have an over-abundance of “righteousness indignation” into which everyone can tap. It leaves little room for people to reach out to one another. I’m sure there are people who would like to reach out, find a meeting of minds. Even those who politically, religiously, or otherwise oppose each other.
We have forgotten compromise. Lost the will to try. And nobody wins.