Sunday, May 03, 2009
Retiring for realz this time
Pretty much everything I said in the best post ever still holds true, so I won't bother with that particular retirement post. Beetle Beat was a fascinating experiment and taught me a lot about the human soul. Among the things I learned about you people:
You don't have the balls to stand on principle to defend your political opponents from unfair attacks. As long as a person is on "your side," you'll let behavior you otherwise wouldn't forgive run unchecked. Whether your defense mechanism is to argue that your opponents deserved it or to simply disown any responsibility is cowardly beyond belief. You can always stand up and condemn it, and you may be surprised how effective it can be to be condemned by people whose opinions actually matter to you. Keeping your friends from doing wrong is part of your obligation as a friend, and if you're willing to overlook it because you like the political dynamic, you're betraying your friends for politics.
You have an unhealthy obsession with meaningless nonsense. While it's a good idea to listen to people to learn actual information, the actual opinion of someone who isn't you shouldn't even register as relevant. Similarly, you should recognize that your own opinion shouldn't mean anything to anyone else. After you're done satisfying your ego by leveling your judgments upon others, consider whether you've actually accomplished anything besides distracting yourself from actually improving things.
You have great confidence that you know people you don't know anything about. I've lost track of how many times people came up with some absurd belief about me and were shocked to discover how far from reality it was. You don't understand a person by reading their blog. Perhaps you should think about other people you think you have completely understood based on your very limited exposure to them. Do you think you understand people of Demographic Group A, or Political Party X? Why? What is your image built upon? Have you, say, gone drinking with them, or do you get all your information through channels that have reason to see such people in a certain way?
You are arrogant enough to think the delivery of justice is up to you. You are arrogant enough to think that you have seen the revelation of true justice, and that existence waits for you to bring that justice to the world. Did some mysterious, cosmic coincidence grant you, specifically, this insight, despite so many others having their own obviously false view that they inexplicably believe with fervor? Or did that coincidence simply make you better than everyone else? In any case, the world is in luck, because if it wasn't for you, there would be no such prophet of true justice to bring it about. Do I have that about right?
All in all, I've been very disappointed in you people. Your cowardice, your obsessions, your bigotry, your arrogance... what the hell is wrong with you?
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