I wish more people were willing to engage reasonably with opposing viewpoints. I love the internet, but perhaps the biggest weakness or even danger of it is how you can use it to exclusively surround yourself with views you agree with and make your mind so much less open to change and growth. It’s too easy to simply dismiss a voice simply because it goes against yours, then find voices that rally around yours as confirmation.
No voice should be silenced, no matter how ugly you personally find it. If it truly is ugly, the double-edged nature of free expression of thought should allow you to thoroughly tear it apart with logically-sound arguments. Take the time to do that, rather than tag the poster with a label and hiss and spit at them.
I guess I’m feeling like writing this because I ran across a couple posts on Tumblr today that (maybe jokingly) spoke about banning the expression of views they disagreed with. Along with the usual dramas of people calling each other disgusting.
Also, I’m not saying to constantly interact with people you disagree with. That’s stressful, to say the least. But, you know, maybe take a little bit of time each day to read an opposing viewpoint and reflect and try to understand how that viewpoint was likely formed. If you have good grounds for disagreeing with it, it shouldn’t feel threatening at all, and it could be a good opportunity to sharpen your approach to counterarguments, at least. And if you take the time to try to understand the reasoning of those you disagree with, it’s more difficult for anger and disgust to form - and I believe positive change is much more easily achieved in the absence of such emotions.
Idk… so much of this website just feels like one big mud-slinging at times. I can’t remember the last time I saw an exchange that didn’t have some form of caps or biting sarcasm or mere displays of mutual disgust. All this said, if you disagree with what I’m saying - I’m willing to hear you out. :P