DarkCryst (darkcryst) wrote,

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People, Civility, Thoughts: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Internet

One of the most interesting and admirable things I think about whiskeygirl8 is that, while she doesn't have the same opinions as me on many things. She is willing to talk, or even debate them, reasonably and without anger or emotional upheaval.

Not that we've done that recently, but its a point in her favour. Also, its a point in sisiphus's favour too.

The internet is one of those things that brings up a lot of negative "debate" tactics. Usually called "flaming row" or "raging argument". Religion sparks it a lot. Now I'm not religious, I find the idea fits in my head like a square peg in a hole that is not only the wrong shape, but on a different plane of existance. Thats fine. I'm not religious, but I respect it in other people. Thats their belief system and, as long as it doesn't affect me, or harm others... then they can do what they want.

Politics sparks it up as well, and whilke I am political I find that most of my political opinions fall so widely from one another that as soon as I read anything poltical I either get bored or get annoyed. Mostly however personal politics doesn't really affect me online. Most people class me as "left" which is funny, because I find most people who take sides to be annoying... so generally I stay out of political discussions.

Of cource posting a biased opinion as fact in a public forum generally is inviting debate, but even then unless I can contribute effectively or at least have a fleshed out case -- I won't debate their point. If someone is quoting incorrect facts (or, more usually, half-truths as fact), and I know the correct ones, I'll say so. If they dont' want to listen to me, fine, but when you argue with flawed reasoning then you cease to make much sense. I'll listen, up to a point, but don't expect me to treat you any differently to how you treat me.

I guess the point I'm trying to make in a very rambling, disjointed way is this: I don't care what your political views are, I don't care about your faith, I care about you being rational, civil human beings. I may disagree with you, I may not like what you say. I will not however get pissed at you for saying your opinion in a sensible way.

I honestly don't see why so many people have a problem with just doing that...

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