Why it’s good to have enemies

When I complain about my critics, my father, a retired Presbyterian minister, responds with St. Luke’s words of wisdom. “Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,” he reminds me, “for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.”

In other words, maybe it’s good to have enemies.

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Perhaps vice president-elect Mike Pence knows what I mean after watching Hamilton last night.

But I’ve been thinking about those words from the Good Book lately. There’s an airline, which I won’t name because it craves the publicity, that hammers this site every time we mention it because it claims our stories contain “multiple errors.” When we offer to correct the alleged inaccuracies, we discover that our only mistake was in not recounting the story as the airline wanted us to.

Then the airline threatens to sue us, which it never does.

Enemies — self-declared, mutually agreed upon, or otherwise — are incredibly useful to our advocacy team, but also to you, the readers of this site. When someone says they hate us, they are actually helping us. For that, we should be grateful.

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