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31 August 2009

Nicely Inclusive

I was browsing Brandon Sanderson's blog, recently, and he entreated his readers to "raise a cup of [their] favorite beverage". I smiled, thinking that this was nicely inclusive of teetotalers, and wondered if he abstained, himself. Then I remembered that he was a Mormon, and that this was therefore not simply an interesting personal ethic, but a dogmatic compulsion. And then I sighed.

But upon writing this, it seems more interesting and noteworthy to me that he made no mention of his own (presumed) abstinence from alcohol (and, horror of horrors, coffee!), but was much more subtle, and entirely nonjudgmental. And it seemed to me that perhaps he was being nicely inclusive, after all.

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