Sensory & cognitive juxtaposition for the day: Fools and Fish.
Folly is a trait of fools. Today, I committed an act of folly, and hence for those moments, I donned the fool’s hat and cape. I saw a post on a good friend’s Facebook feed about smacking of young children, and I commented. The problem was my opinion is a controversial one and touches on a somewhat sensitive subject – one that the majority of humans, regardless of neurological culture, tend to share a common perspective on. The superiority of the human creature, and the ultimate wonder of the human young. I do not share this view, and I was open about it. I stated that I am dead against smacking. But I also offered some contrary views. Note that I very carefully worded my language to reflect a personal viewpoint. I was in no way declaring that anyone ought to adopt my Universal Truth. However, I was viciously attacked by one of my friend’s friends.
The venomous savagery against my person was shocking, but not surprising.
Healthy disagreement? Yes, please. Robust intellectual discussion? Yes, please, please. But full on personal assaults? No, not decent at all. I did try to diffuse it, by telling the person she was welcome to disagree, but no, she would not leave it there. She continued her denunciation of my person. Relentless. I withdrew, and blocked her. Pointless. However, I did apologise to my friend, a very good chap, and I think he decided to delete that post.
Ah, personal attacks on online social media. Almost Troll-like, except that I find it worse, because they are friends of friends and not strangers from out of nowhere.
Nevertheless. It reflects very clearly on the person launching the attack.
However, I have no illusions of grandeur and moral superiority. The truth is, more the fool I am to engage a fool in a time wasting exchange.
Ah well, that is the wonderful world of online socialising. Yes, I live and learn. 🙂 Now, time for some of that leftover salmon calling out my name from inside the fridge!
[ P.S. Oh, and my Facebook friends are not the kind who hurl pyrotechnical abuse at others on my space. I will not allow it. Not since 2010, when I publicly removed that Yvonne person (who styles herself as an autism advocate for women), because she called one of my friends a “moron.” Everyone has behaved beautifully since. Well, I just remove anyone who doesn’t. Simple. Delete. Vanquish all those who indulge in incendiary assaultive acts on others. I don’t need such ‘friends’ anyway. And Facebook has a very nice little feature called, the BLOCK. 🙂 ]