Oh, wow ... I get a "thumbs down" for submitting the following ...
Ditto. Whatever became of civility? I guess it never existed online. Besides, there's also that thing called self-projection. It's quite common among some people.
Image that! A "thumbs down" for an innocuous comment.
Whoever gave me the "thumbs down" is a coward
because he/she doesn't have the courage to confront me directly. Anonymity is wonderful; it's so cheap. Whoever you are, I dare you to send me a PM to make your case. No, I take that back. Please keep your distance. There's no point in asking for unpleasantness when life offers enough unpleasantness as it is.
I've noticed many times a post will be given a "thumbs down" when it's completely innocuous
. For example, OmSigDavid suffers burns on his hands when he suffers a major fire in his home. Izzythepush posts immediately after David's, wishing him a full recovery. But his post receives a "thumbs down"! How petty.
I have a short, friendly exchange with Finn that has nothing to do with politics, absolutely nothing. (For the record, I happen to be ideologically nonaligned; and I'll never become a conservative. But this is not enough for so-called "progressives"! You don't have to be a conservative to receive the dismissal of "progressives." All you have to do is simply not be one.) The issue was ganging up on a socially awkward, unpopular member (who, granted, did lack needed social skills and sometimes was rude).
So, what happens? Another member comes along and sneers at me for the offense of daring to talk to the socially marked Finn, as if I'm a carbon copy of him. Frankly, I'm reminded of high-school social life. No, make that elementary school. "Ohhh, you're talking to
him? Nooooo, you can't do that! If you do that, I won't be your friend!"
I'll speak to or associate with whomever I please.
Perhaps I was making an absolute statement when I said civility never existed online, but it should be obvious to anyone that civility is in short supply all across the Internet. I certainly wasn't singling out A2K. I've seen the same lack of civility in many online forums. Most people who post in these forums aren't trying to learn anything because they stopped learning a long time ago. They post to tell everyone what they believe with the attitude of "This is what I believe. I'm right; I couldn't possibly be wrong about anything. If you don't agree with me, you're a fool and a moron." If someone makes a questionable statement, the other person doesn't ask for a clarification. Instead, he just says, "You're just full of b***s***." There seems to be no desire to promote or to arrive at an understanding. It's just all about yelling at each other. I repeat, a lot of people stopped learning because they closed their minds a long time ago. It doesn't even matter if the subject isn't controversial. Someone can start a blog on breeding dogs. Ordinarily you'd think that wouldn't be something that would engender strife. But sooner than you think, the personal attacks and the name-calling begin. Amazing!
What's really hilarious is that some of those who consider themselves to be free thinkers are the biggest conformists in the world. They think they're not bigots; but, in fact, they're just as intolerant and dismissive of anyone who's "different" -- unless, of course, they're different ones who are approved by the current party line.
I've seen amazing cruelty in this forum. One member suffers a major health crisis; he nearly dies. He hasn't completely regained his thought processes and in a post to another member calls him "sport" (Oh, my! How offensive
!) The other member becomes unglued and tells him to go ahead and die, knowing that he had a near-death experience. The same member cuts no slack for another member who recently lost her sister, who died in her arms. He extends no condolences and conveniently forgets that grief-stricken people frequently become irrational at times (which is quite common among those who have experienced the loss of a loved one). Indeed, he cuts no one any slack; but demands that he be given every consideration.
People who engage in self-projection often practice the very wrongs they accuse others of doing. That's actually a form of hypocrisy.