Carl Gagnon: Not all men are cads and fiends

To the editor:

I would like to respond to the Nov. 22/23 letter by Ms. Elizabeth Ruediger. Her indictment of the entire genus of the male Homo sapien throughout human history is as disturbing as it is laughable.

I certainly understand what Elizabeth was attempting to convey to the reader. It took 15 paragraphs of, “can you imagine” to finally get to the point. Her point? She doesn’t like President Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States.

So having said that, may I take you, the reader to the point in a more timely manner?

There is no argument that we men have acted as cads and fiends toward women. One only has to take his or her phone from their pocket to see yet another revelation of a case of sexual harassment being made against a male. I concede that it occurs.

Ms. Ruediger conveniently forgets that there are two sides to the coin. What about the many hundreds of millions of men who have lived and died and who were anything but cads or fiends?

For every cad there are gentlemen tenfold! Here are some names of gentle men: Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer, The Dalai Lama, George Washington, Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud, Plato, Socrates, Voltaire, Michelangelo, Confucius ... OK, I said I’d be quick so that’s enough.

Elizabeth, I have quit being a frequent contributor to The Berlin Sun. I’ve found that those who don’t agree with me will never be swayed by my writing. I suggest you give it a rest yourself because the only thing you’re accomplishing is to make yourself a questionable commodity come election time!

Carl Gagnon
Berlin