Prez wrote on Apr 20, 2023, 13:44:
You know, I disagree with Beamer a lot, but I respect his opinions on most things because he uses logic and evidence to form his opinion on most things even when he doesn't agree with me. There are others who do that as well but they are few. People who look at things emotionally simply cannot be rational on a subject and instead all too often make incorrect (and frankly insulting) assumptions about someone. The fact is everyone here very much want fair treatment for everyone because they are human beings. The fact that you're thinking is constantly clouded by hyper-emotion (those aside from Beamer) means we cannot communicate however. All of our lives will go on, so it's not the end of the world. I ultimately couldn't care less what you think of me, but I also will not continue to entertain your irrational thinking. I don't think any less of you, I just know you aren't worth engaging currently.
I used to be an absolute ass to you. You know this well, haha.
It's probably what I regret most on this board, and I've mellowed out, gotten more open minded about where people come from, and looked for the good in what may drive bad arguments.
Which, given my posting history here, even recently, is probably scary, haha.
I think the same happened to you, too, though. I think, at some point, you realize how different experiences can make people have bad opinions in genuine and valid ways. Which helps you realize when yours may be bad. Also, I switched from the you you to the royal you halfway through this and I'm ok with that.
I dislike that dissenting opinions have been chased off of here so frequently, even if I acknowledge it's my fault, but I feel like we hit a point in the last 8 or so years where admitting you're wrong, or that your opinion (or, at some point, any opinions at all) can be wrong, misinformed, bad, or harmful, just became the last thing you want to do. That winning is more important than understanding and a broad kindness to people as a group.