originally posted by: Kryties
originally posted by: agenda51
America is better than that. Americans are better than that.
Are they not also better than to kick the loser while they are down, gloating and spreading vitriol?
Although I frown upon direct gloating and displays of pointless arrogance, I want to explain a reason of why this is probably happening.
Republicans are "rubbing it in" a lot because a large % of Democrats are stubborn and are actually refusing to admit defeat and are ramping up their
rhetoric with anger. There is a lot of cognitive dissonance involved on both sides as well.
You see both R and D are humans and have human traits, qualities, strengths and weaknesses. One of those weaknesses we all share is stubbornness and
refusal to accept defeat on certain issues. This election year was extremely nasty and filthy with a lot of trash talking and insults and derogatory
language that attacked people of both sides on a personal level which is ad hominem fallacy.
As a result of all of these personalized insults (like 'you idiot, you retards'), the winner, no matter which side won, many of the people would
naturally be compelled to rub it in. It's like a form of avenging their hurt and injury from the personalized attacks they percieved during the mud
slinging prior to the election.
And because of this personalized insulting activity, and because of the inevitable gloating as retaliation after the election was over, the 'losing
side' will inevitably feel hurt and further insulted personally by that rude behavior. They will then experience further cognitive dissonance (like
everyone else generally is at every step of this process), and will continue the tit for tat battle without realizing that it is a never ending cycle
of ad hominem fallacies that will probably go on forever.
The reason this process is unlikely to stop and will go on for thousands of years is because there are too many humans, and everyone is at different
maturity levels and has different moods and this changes dynamically within everyone and differently between everyone. We are also very uneducated
about inter-personal development issues and how to deal with these types of psychological challenges within ourselves.
I could teach a million people how to be awesome, but a million more will never have heard of that. Then their behavior could cause even me or my best
students to slip up and bite the bait tomorrow, because no one's perfect and our moods change dynamically based on circumstances in our lives, etc. So
tomorrow you may need to remind me and teach me better because I might be the idiot again, though right now I feel pretty articulate and eloquent.
It's a never ending cycle.