It took approx. two hours from my life and, well, ruined my day, but I felt powerless and took it out on some folks. And looked like a crazy person. (Though to be fair I did cut out some non caps-lock parts that I posted).
I tore into some low-hanging fruit, as you can see from the quotes. These guys were all “bootstraps!” and I was all “you hate life and love!” I’m not gonna post all of what they commented because this is a story about how I didn’t conduct myself well on the internet, not about why some people are dumb. trust: they dumb
But I indulged, it was a guilty pleasure and this sort of thing never pays off. Look, I’m just turning their words around. I’m not trying to teach them anything, I’m not backing up what I’m saying…
I’m keeping the capslock going…
But I finished up after I made sure they weren’t going to give me the time of day and actually approach any of the things I was yelling about. (And I’m aware that I probably made some ad hominem attacks myself. Whatever. I’m a hypocritical dickhead.)
And I got told off by the status’ creator! Even though we were on the same side ideologically, she thought my approach (as well as the others, but I didn’t expect her to lump me in) took it too far into name-calling and childish back-and-forth. So I somewhat apologized and explained myself:
And then wrapped up my discussion once one of the original offenders accused me of contributing nothing to the discussion:
Because at this point, that’s what I do. Not once has anyone read statistics or research that I’ve provided them, that I have spent my own time verifying and studying. Nobody has come back to me with studies countering what I present in an argument, even after they’ve demanded I provide my own. I’ve argued on the internet for a long time, and I treat it as an opportunity to write better. So these days I don’t even try to teach, and instead turn popular opinion against idiots with humor and anger, and I promise this was the first in a long time that I’ve engaged like this (remember: feeling powerless). But the original poster of the status reminded me that people don’t learn from a closed fist, but rather an open hand:
And … Yeah. Of course.
She’s right. I look just as foolish as they do, and nobody will take my platform seriously if I rave like a lunatic. The best thing is to maintain calmness and civility, even when one is not owed it, and I must take my time to work with all of God’s children one by one, treating them without any prejudice from haters past—
But wait. What’s this in my message inbox?
YA I MADE A DIFFERENCE, INCENDIARY CAPS-LOCK BRIAN AINT GOIN NOWHERE, THANKS FOR READING THIS SELFIE IN ESSAY FORM XOXO