So, I’m pissed about this.
I’m pissed that half the people that read this will not think it applies to them, when in actuality, it’ll apply to the gross majority of this audience (myself included). It seems to be an inherent quality of the internet, for people to bang their heads against a wall in the hopes that maybe that wall will come down. That wall, in this case, is the viewpoint of the opposing party. Protip: it won’t work.
What people don’t seem to realize is that, when you bang your head against a wall, it’s going to hurt you a whole lot more than it hurts the wall. I’m talking about conservatives bashing liberals and liberals bashing conservatives. Berating someone’s views, even opposing them at all, will not make them want to listen to you. This is why #Feel the Bern and “Bernie’s an evil socialist” only bring fire and brimstone onto every comment section they enter.
I just finished reading an article, which is what sparked this whole spontaneous puddle of word vomit–or, more specifically, the comment section of an article. There was a string of comments that read something like this:
I won’t listen to anything you have to say, because you said this one thing I disagree with. You are so closed-minded.
Actually, the thing I said that you disagreed with is right because it just is. You’re wrong.
Stuff like this is what makes me mad. It seems that when the explicitly-stated viewpoints are taken out of the equation, it’s easy to see the redundancy in the arguments. Because honestly, the opinion doesn’t matter if the support for it sucks.
Am I banging my own head against a wall by preaching this to the internet? Yes. I just hope that, in my own attempts at rationality, I can persuade others to put a helmet on.