You want invective, rhetoric and insults. As long as you're doing the hurling at other people.
If it's aimed at you, different story.
This survey from 16 years ago rings true today. It's most common in the political campaigns we're seeing, but it's found everywhere. An extremely scientific poll of myself and what I see in my FB feed shows this survey is accurate. A bit more than half the stuff I see in my feed about the campaigns is attacks. Insults. Profanity and obscenities.
Stay in a thread long enough about a hot topic and it will degenerate into name calling, insults and profanities.
Calling someone the illegitimate offspring of a hamster and a woman with the scent of elderberries is far more fun than trying to understand a policy position. One takes brains (well, in this particular insult, both take brains) and one takes the mental ability to find humor in someone slipping on a
It's far easier to insult someone than to understand them. You can insult and dismiss someone in a few seconds. May take you a while to understand what they are really trying to do. Understanding why takes longer. Understanding how, yeah, pack a lunch.
This post was sparked by a TV personality (I do not know which one and I do not intend
Way to keep it classy. Way to keep this on the issues. Way to drive voters to the polls. Way to
If these things were said about you, what would you do? How would you react?
Debate is awesome. Get to the issue. Hash it out.
Other people have given me information that made me change my mind. Yes
Insults? Just reinforces what I already think. Dig that trench deeper.
Insults, invectives, ad hominem. As I've said before, we attack what we fear. That kind of behavior is an attack, make no doubt. Sometimes, that fear may be justified. Most often, not.
As a human, you have the ability to stick to the issues and leave personality out of it. You can rip an argument to pieces without resorting to name calling.
Me? Yeah, I do the same bloody thing. I have GOT to do better.