Saturday, December 29, 2012

Greed can lead to tolerance

My Mom is a casual opponent of gay marriage. She doesn't wish violence on gay people or go on angry tirades about them, but she doesn't accept them as equals.

So imagine my surprise when she showed me a photo of one of the properties she owns and is trying to rent out. She placed a big rainbow flag over the front door.

"I'm hoping some gay guys will rent it and take care of the place," she told me.

I realize this is based on a stereotype which is often wrong. I realize she isn't doing this because her views have changed, But for what it's worth, I think it's wonderful that the quest for profits can motivate people to be kind to someone they otherwise wouldn't.


  1. think of "The Invisible Hook"

  2. A fair point - where some pirates accepted accepted blacks as evil not because they were enlightened, but because they made good pirates and helped bring in more booty.