Committee: (n) a group of people appointed for a specific function
As the years have passed, I have selected to remain silent when hearing ideas which are doomed.
When younger, I often voiced my opinion and even offered prophetic utterances of the gigantic failure which lay in the future of these ideas. It made me a nasty bastard, especially when the words ended up being true.
There are things people get excited about.
Voting–even though we continue to discover that the American public can vote for a candidate and prefer that individual by the popular vote, and a handful of elitists will go into a back room and change the will of the people.
Some folks get excited over new discoveries–an ingenious, creative way to use your toilet paper.
And truthfully, many, many of my fellow-delightful-humans are completely enamored with the idea of committees.
It seems so right: “Why don’t we all get together, discuss this and come up with a suitable compromise?”
I have perched myself in committees. I have watched them–and often been the victim of their anemic passivity.
Because after all, what a committee does is trim the edges off a knife until it looks sleek, is safer, but won’t cut a goddamn thing.
That’s what discussion does. We decide to become inclusive of every opinion, when honest to God, sometimes our opinions don’t matter.
Having a committee to discuss gender bias, racism, personal freedom–and voting, for that matter–is absolutely useless.
We learn Parliamentary Procedure.
So we can have our committee.
And obviously pretend that we live in England.