There are few things that trigger my indignation more than hearing someone brag about something when they’re factually wrong about that something. One of the reasons I seldom listen to cable news or news in general. I get annoyed when undisputable facts contradict the words the person is saying and the person is saying those words with unwarranted but self-satisfied bravado.
Yes, yes, Trump is one such person and he would irritate the crap out of me if it weren’t for the fact I’ve written him off as a liar and a con man. And yes, he’s doing irreparable damage to various government institutions . . . but it’s not like those government institutions were pillars of integrity, honesty, and conscientiousness. Those same government institutions have weathered bad actors before and we can hope they will weather them again. Although, to be sure, people these days — despite knowing more — seem . . . how shall I say it . . . dumber; yes; dumber than previous generations.
Anyway, I’m referring to regular interactions with people both in the real world and on this here InterWeb. Namely, someone will state something that’s obviously wrong and because I’m interacting with them, I point it out.
Here’s the kicker; if it’s someone I don’t care about, I don’t bother. But if it’s a friend, I don’t want them facing the embarrassment of continually repeating something that’s obviously wrong.
To be fair, I could be the one who’s wrong or misinterpreting the facts and if that’s the case, all that it takes to sway me is pointing at the facts and saying something like “Look; look at the facts this way and not that way.”
I mean, it happens; you look at something you think you’re seeing one thing when in fact, it’s a different thing. That’s excusable and I’ve been guilty of it.
What I’m not typically guilty of, is maintaining and defending my confusion and misconception after it’s been pointed out to me.
At the very least — assuming I don’t fully agree — I’ll admit the fact do support conclusions and observations that might differ from my own. Then, it comes down to a continued conversation as to which interpretation is likely to more accurately track with the real world. I mean, I may think I’ve seen Bigfoot but if someone points out there is no physical evidence for its existence and that it’s Halloween and that people do occasionally wear gorilla suits at Halloween, I’d have to be very stubborn to deny the alternative explanation.
As you might guess, it happens to me. That is, encountering stubbornness in others, not the Bigfoot bit.
The reason it annoys me is two-fold . . . one is the inherent dishonesty of the person who closes their minds to alternative viewpoints when those viewpoints make more sense and are better supported by evidence than the viewpoint they insist on. Although I see it as a character fault, I could almost accept it . . . except for the other thing.
Namely, they have no respect or consideration for me or my opinion. Truly, I don’t need their approval, respect, or consideration, but then why am I still dealing with them if they don’t honestly consider the possibility I might have a valid point and dismiss my arguments out of hand without even acknowledging the possibility they are valid?
Even allowing for the fact my engleesh not be good, they don’t even TRY to see if I had a valid point to make. And if friends don’t respect each other, what hope is there for the population at large?
. . . it’s no exaggeration to say it’s one of the reasons I have no hope for the longevity of humankind . . .
And now, the photo:
I had a tough time matching a frame with that treatment . . . and then I came across this one and it felt right . . . I’m sure many will not agree. But, since it’s a matter of subjective interpretation, that’s fine.
By the way, if you go to a mall near where I live I’m the owner of the car that’s parked multiple yards away from all the other cars and usually farthest from our destination. For one, the longer walk to our destination gives us just a bit more exercise. But the main reason is . . .
There are a lot of Big Earls out there. People with no regard for their own property and even less for the property of others.
I’ll opt the longer walk even if the weather is not conducive to a comfortable stroll.
For instance, during the summer in the tropics . . . by the way, that worm monument won’t last much longer because . . . No Respite On Second Night For Plastic Multicolor Worm Monument Beginning To Melt During Latest Heatwave.
And . . . that’s it
Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.
You can read about Project 313 HERE.
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