lunk wrote:Jaysen wrote:I’m near to withdrawing from all social media and forums
... except this one, I hope?
Well... the tenor of "communications" has degraded over the years on my most favored forum... This one. It used to be that we could discuss ANYTHING without anyone saying much more than "I disagree, and here's why" then we'd go drink virtual libations to each other's ability to make a cogent, if disagreed, argument (yes, a cogent argument can still be viewed as wrong). These days most threads seem to degrade to name calling and the disparaging of ones mental capacity within a few pages. And NO ONE even talks politics here.
If a group of well educated (excepting me of course), self-professed "good with words" people can not carry on a discussion without temper-tantrums, name calling, and reporting each other to Kewms, is there any point in participating in ANY social media? Even the forums here?
I miss the days when folks like Devin and I could be in "violent disagreement" and, when I mention it, Devin is surprised. Not surprised that I disagreed, but that I was "holding a grudge" about the disagreement. His surprise was that I never said anything to him about it. I never said anything because Devin, and everyone else on the internet deserves the same level of respect that I want. I want to be respected as a person that has a RIGHT TO AN OPINION NO MATTER HOW MUCH ANYONE DISAGREES WITH IT.
To have that right, we must extended it UNCONDITIONALLY to everyone around us.
Irrespective of the offense or distaste their opinion creates in our OPINION.
Everyone has the right to an opinion, no matter how wrong is it.
This is a cornerstone of civilized, modern society. Yet it is missing in most conversations. Read back through this thread and tell me I'm wrong. Look at it objectively. I think you will see what so many find frustrating.
For the record, I'm not pointing at you Lunk. Or you Devin. Or anyone else. It is a collective disease we all seem to have on occasion. And it is spreading much faster than Covid