(courtesy of Little Green Footballs, or more accurately, “Trolls (Not So Very) Anonymous”)
I don’t expect everyone to think like I do…but would it be too much to expect people to actually use their brains to come up with their beliefs and opinions? Can we not make informed, reality-based decisions? Of course, it IS more fun to let your ignorance, fear, and prejudice run rampant. Why think when you can react? Why consider issues rationally when you can vilify those not “enlightened” enough to share their ignorant, pre-conceived, and wholly unsupportable fears and prejudices?
Growing up, I was always taught that it’s better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. It certainly sounds like this truism wasn’t part of the curriculum at Little Green Footballs. Indeed, sometimes I’ll go there to read the comments for entertainment value. I can understand that most of the trolls who feel the need to hold forth at LGF don’t think as I do; that’s fine. But do they have to go all out in their attempts to display their overarching ignorance and arrogance? It would be one thing if some of them actually had something interesting or thought-provoking to say. If they did, though, it would be wholly uncharacteristic of the usual level of discussion at LGF, which generally is so low it has to look up to see the bottom.
If you don’t believe me, just wait until the LGF trolls get wound up on the subject of Islam. While it’s tough to argue with the reality that there’s a segment of the Islamic world that hates America and wishes us nothing but ill will, the majority of Muslims are good, decent, and peaceful people. Then again, if you want to talk about violent religious nutjobs, their are plenty of Christian fundamentalists that fit the bill- which, not surprisingly, is something that the wackjobs at LGF are strangely silent about. Apparently it’s OK if we hate them and want them dead, but it’s wholly unacceptable for them to hate us and wish death and destruction upon us.
It would seem that hatred and vitriol are easier and involve a whole lot less mental gymnastics than trying to figure out how we can all get along and make the world a better place for all of us. It’s also Charles Johnson’s raison d’etre; for without it he’d little of any value to add to the public discourse.
Yes, ‘tis better to be thought a fool than to be a frequenter of Little Green Footballs and remove all doubt, eh?