I wrote a very long comment in the most recent article posted by “old & in the way” that I’m more or less re-posting here for those who may have missed the comment.
It’s been brought to my attention that there’s been some trolling on this site. One of the things I like about this site is that, with only a few exceptions, the discourse on this site has been very respectful and sincere, as well as productive. I welcome differing points of views, because I think having a broad perspective on things is healthy. I do acknowledge that Lin fans, like all fans, have inherent biases and I include myself in that company. At the same time, I try hard to listen when someone brings up a different perspective. But I only do so when that someone does so sincerely and respectfully. And I welcome that very much. It’s awesome for me when I see someone else articulate their views in a thorough and well thought out manner and when it is a view that is different from mine, that is a wonderful thing, because it may offer me an opportunity to add to my perspective on the same subject. If I hear things that I already know, then that doesn’t help me grow as a person, even though it may make me feel good that someone else shares my views.
I also have a lot of respect for non-Lin fans who come on this site and share their perspective without resorting to childish personal attacks and abusive language. I do understand that some Lin fans can be extreme (there are extremist segments in any group) and that it’s a lot to deal with. I understand this, because the Lin Haters are also extreme and a lot to deal with. So I really respect non-Lin fans who comes here and manage to disagree without resorting to childish, meaningless, fruitless, unproductive personal attacks. That shows maturity and character. I have no respect for those who aren’t able to do this, because they only show their immaturity, as well as ignorance. To me, such individuals are a dime a dozen and a complete waste of my time and I feel sorry for them, because they lack a lot of worthwhile qualities.
What I don’t appreciate is when “trolls” (I’m not trying to name-call, I’m just using a popular term as a shorthand for communication purposes) come in here and write offensive things (especially racially offensive things, such as “Lin would obviously be better building railroads than playing basketball.”) and use abusive language, that gets us nowhere and is a big problem with society as a whole. Things like this detract from any type of information sharing. It detracts from any type of engagement and any possibility of exchanging different ideas. These people rob the human race of growth and prosperity. And I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the root of this type of behavior is responsible for the terrorism that is, unfortunately, our new reality today.
What people don’t realize is that every action we take reflects who we are no matter how small that action may be. Our whole self emanates through our every action. So while some may think that making anonymous racist comments and abusing others anonymously online isn’t a big deal (because everybody does it, right?), that seemingly small action is a reflection of who we are at our core. So if you do this, you have to ask yourself, is this who you want to be? Are you capable of more than that or is that all you’re willing to let yourself be capable of? In short, are you being the best version of yourself in this moment?
The unfortunate truth is, a lot of people only see through their very narrow lens and ignore anything else that doesn’t comport with their very narrow views. There’s a thing called “Reticular Activating System” that we all have that makes us blind to things that don’t support our beliefs. You have to work hard and consciously to fight against this normal urge to only see the things that comport with your beliefs. But that’s a whole other discussion.
I guess all I’m trying to say is that we can all be better than devolving to exchanging personal attacks and resorting to racially charged insults. If we sincerely want to get our points across, then we would be better served in our aim if we do so without personal attacks and offensive remarks–especially ones that are racially charged. You do yourself no favors by smudging otherwise good points and arguments with hateful remarks. Also, you will find that your voice will have a better chance of being heard by the other side if you approach them with respect and treat them with dignity. Unfortunately, people let their hate get the better of them and they let their hate get in the way of productive discourse. They let their hate get in the way of their own personal growth. There’s enough racism in the world, we don’t need to bring that shit in here. It’s counterproductive and only sets us back as a people.
Although it may make your Ego (I’m using “Ego” differently here than how most people use this term) feel good and mighty and smart to put others down, giving into the hate is actually weakness and makes you a dime a dozen. Nothing special. It’s easy to give into the hate and let your Ego run amok. It takes great strength to be in touch with your consciousness so you don’t give into the hate and let your Ego control all your actions, while you do it’s bidding like a zombie. But that’s a whole other discussion.
Those who disagree with articles or comments posted on this blog will find that they will be met with respect if they do so sincerely and respectfully. I can say this because I find the regulars on this site to be very respectful and a joy to converse with. Contrary to the myth that all Lin fans think alike. We don’t. In fact, I find myself alone in many of my perspectives on Lin, but have had very fruitful discourses with other Lin fans here who disagree with me.
So if anyone wants to come here and share a different perspective and disagree, I think that’s great In fact, in my ideal world, I would have more non-Lin fans here. But I think non-Lin fans don’t feel welcome here, which is unfortunate and very much unintended. All I ask is that people disagree sincerely and respectfully. But if you come in here and launch a bunch of personal attacks, using abusive language and racial slurs, I will consider you a troll. And what I do with trolls is just ignore them. In fact, if I wasn’t made aware of the trolling situation by someone else on this site, I wouldn’t have even noticed that racist comment I cited earlier about Lin. To me, what comes out of the mouths of trolls are just gibberish from the mouths of babes. It doesn’t even register to me as actual articulation, actual words.
I know everyone handles trolls in their own way, but as for me, I have way too much to do with my time than give trolls the respect of responding to them. Also, I like to let their comments stand on their own as a representation of their ignorance and lack of maturity. No need for me to get in the way of them showing how much of an ass they are. I understand the urge people have to want those racist comments deleted, etc. But the way I see it, I would be doing the trolls a favor by removing evidence of their ignorance and immaturity, as well as their utter lack of character. So at least for now, I will leave those racist comments in tact and let them stand on their own as a representation of ignorance, immaturity and lack of character.
Also, we’re all adults here so I would like to treat everyone as adults as much as possible, despite how much anyone wants to behave as a child. I ain’t your mommy and I sure’s hell ain’t your damn baby sitter! By now, you know what you should and shouldn’t do. You know what’s right or wrong. If you choose to behave in a way that is in disharmony with universal principles and your own consciousness of which you’re completely unaware, then that’s on you.
Everyone is free to deal with trolls in their own way and accept the consequences. But if you are looking for my perspective, then I would suggest in the future you can just send the tolls a link to this article, rather than engage in useless, unproductive and childish back and forth. Just a suggestion if it helps.
To the regular readers on this site, apologies that I haven’t written or commented on this site in a while. But I’m very happy to see that this site continues to prosper without me. Unfortunately, I will likely only visit here sporadically in the future and will likely just remain in the background as a passive observer for now. Hopefully, this trolling situation is contained, but if any of you have any thoughts you’d like to share with me either here or via email (by going to “Contact”) about the trolling situation here, please do so. The more input I have, the better informed I will be at curtailing the trolling situation and containing it so it doesn’t get out of hand. Bye for now.