originally posted by: IShotMyLastMuse
i can't really relate to what you are saying in the sense that if someone disagrees with me i just go "different strokes for different folks" and go
about my day. but i can see it happening.
I don't necessarily mean that you have to let someone else step into your conversation and tell you that you are wrong.
It's more about letting others discuss a topic without nuking the thread because you don't believe in UFO's or Bigfoot or honest politicians.
Sometimes you can just smile and wonder how many layers of tinfoil that guy has in his hat.
Your computer screen being a home analogy may have some merit.
What I've found though is that most people wouldn't treat someone in their home the way they treat them on a web site.
Face to face, we treat each other better... or at least ignore each other rather than having a grand mal tourettes meltdown over an article from BIN.
If we didn't, half of us would be walking around with bloody noses.
You can think of the forums as you might a restaurant.
If you hear a guy at another table tell his date that he saw bigfoot, would you get up, walk across the room and say "Pics or it didn't happen!" ?
You might grin about it or shake your head but you wouldn't go and insert yourself into someone else's life.
It's the same in a thread.
You can read and think about what is going on but it's often more fun to let the thread develop and see what they have to say than it is to kill the
I've found that when I don't agree with someones opinions I can ask for links to the information they are citing.
Sometimes, I find my opinion changing because of the new information.
it's not about letting others tell you that you are wrong.
Every now and then both sides are wrong.
It's more about learning to notice when you actually are wrong.
This is when you really start to learn cool stuff and you find yourself in parts of your personality that you didn't know were there.
I've learned to deal with real life craziness a lot better from being here on this site.
I can look at a big ole hairball of insanity and stay calm.
Usually I can get in a sarcastic comment that makes people around me grin and wonder if I'm that crazy or that smart.
It's more fun than being normal.
edit on 21-10-2014 by badgerprints because: (no reason given)