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originally posted by: SlapMonkey
Silly people--silly people who, for whatever reason, always disregard and argue against informative and knowledgeable comments on topics that one is, at the very least, well versed and knowledgeable.
Why do they do what they do?
There are few topics on which I speak with authority on ATS, an authority that is built up from years of experience working or participating directly in certain fields, and the judicial system and legal issues is one. So, when I counter a claim, or try to expand the knowledge of people in threads and comments where it is painfully obvious that they don't understand that about which they are speaking, why is it that, nine times out of ten, it is met with anger and ad hominem attacks?
Is this just a symptom of the bigger problem in our society where no one is never wrong and that all opinions matter, even if they run counter to facts and truth? Is it because it's easier to act intelligent on the internet than to actually become knowledgeable and expand one's intelligence in real life? Is belittling people who are more intelligent on a topic than you the new norm, just to maybe make you feel smart instead of just acknowledging that you're wrong?
I've been pretty lucky lately, and it seems like people with whom I have a history of strong disagreements have ended up having non-confrontational discussions lately, and we both seem to walk away learning something and bettering out understanding--it's been really enjoyable. But then it just takes that one person to come along and just mash that lemon right into your eye and really negate some of the good that's been happening on ATS lately (at least with me and others).
So, again, why is this necessary with some people? Do any of you have any insight as to the psychological reasoning behind this? I get that the internet is a hard place to believe what people say, and I understand when people can be skeptical of my claims of knowledge and understanding about certain topics, but it's those who go out of their way to belittle and insult because they get something wrong and you try to spread the knowledge who really just trample on the enjoyment and usefulness of this site.
I really would like to know the "why" behind it, and I'm hoping that some of you have looked into it and have the answers. I promise that I won't belittle you or argue for the sake of arguing just because you may know something that I do not.
Best regards, and let's all try to make this place the best that it can be. I'm not perfect at it, but at least I'm trying.