||You wore a shirt bearing the likeness of the man supposedly responsible for the death of thousands of people and disrupting the lives of millions more... what did you expect, for people to come up and kiss you on the cheek? Please...this is absurd. You are certainly free to wear the shirt, but freedom of speech does not protect you from the consequences of what you do or say. You knew very well what would happen when you wore that, and did it anyway. If you were talking about cops trying to arrest you, you would have something... but provoking citizens? That happens all the time. You're offending people, what did you expect? Yes, maybe they tried to do something to you -- but this whole time I've heard the leaders of the US begging people to NOT do that sort of thing, beat up on Arabs, or terrorize innocent people. And I am sure were you hurt or injured, these people would be held liable for their actions in a court of law.
Maybe in the future you will show more wisdom and sensitivity to other people's feelings and not deliberately do things to provoke them. It's natural to feel aggression towards something that has caused you pain. If you were an Arab and were attacked, then I would feel for you. But deliberately provoking them, and then complaining about it? Bah. You're just getting your jollies out of pissing genuinely hurt people off. I have no respect for that.
As for people living lives without passion, perhaps you should be more vocal against the institutions that breed the horrible socioeconomic system we live in, which drives people into this kind of life...instead of just poking these poor people with a pointed stick in an open wound. They're just working and trying to survive with a minimum amount of grief and hopefully some adequate amount of pleasure. Not everyone has the initiative, strength or determination to strike out against the "norm."
Myself, I have done illustration work and helped out with newsletters for the Socialist Party of Great Britain as well as the Socialist Party of Canada. Instead of putting on a god damned t-shirt and just pissing people off, I actually try to talk to them and make them understand how their lives could be better. (I also have several essays I have been toiling on over the subjects, and I speak to many many people while traveling.) And I am certainly offended that you apparently assume that everyone except yourself is a tv-dinner chomping moron puddled in front of the television every night. I do not watch television myself, often, but I do at times and certainly don't have a problem with people that do enjoy it -- it's just not to my tastes. I don't read book of fiction much, either. Big deal!
Insensitive crap like this is the reason I quit posting and finally left k5. Everyone wants to bitch and moan, and point out everything that's wrong, but none of you "special, so different, above the average" people want to get off your lazy asses and do anything about it, unless that involves pissing people off and getting to bitch more. Humbug. You can call me names until you're blue in the face, but at least I attempt to make the world I live in a better place instead of a worse one. I talk to people, I open up to them, I explain new points of view and try to get them to open their minds.
You just make people hate more and crawl further into their little shells. Please, keep wearing that shirt. Maybe you'll eventually learn something from it.
"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."