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How Easily Tweaked Are You?

I had an interesting social media exchange recently with a snowflake. I had actually written a positive post about an interview with Camille Paglia, the outspoken and controversial lesbian, feminist writer and critic. But apparently, I made the grave mistake of using a link to the interview from the conservative Drudge Report. A not-so-conservative reader quickly responded that she wanted to read my post but wouldn’t because she just couldn’t get past the fact that it was a Drudge link. Then she went into a rant about how essentially all conservative sources were corrupt and evil.

One of my social media followers responded to her that Drudge links a wide range of sources that cover the entire political spectrum. So she should at least read the article before criticizing where I found it.

But that was too much. Apparently the suggestion she should actually read the article before criticizing it was an attack on her personal character. That set off another round of critical posts.

The bottom line is that she was tweaked simply because she didn’t like where I found the article. It wasn’t significant for her to actually read it, it was only significant that it was posted by a conservative site – which apparently made it evil. The great irony was that it was an article about a lesbian, feminist writer and critic who’s ideas are miles away from being a conservative, and she would have probably agreed with it.

For many people today, the outrage is more important than the argument.

Rather than defending the issues, we’re rapidly developing a generation who feels that being offended is the only argument they need. We see it on college campuses on a regular basis. Just being offended is all it takes to stage protests, shout down speakers, and silence debate.

It’s not about the quality of the argument anymore, it’s about the depth of the outrage. Don’t succumb to the fashion. Have principles, and have a good argument.

Because people with real ideas aren’t easily tweaked.

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  1. Could it be that with logical support for their arguments nonexistent, all they have left for defense is outrage?

  2. We are in a post-truth society. I recently ran across a Facebook post attributing a really stupid quote to liberal congressperson Maxine Waters. When I pointed out that she had never said what was claimed (it was from a spoof site), I was basically told that she’s such an idiot it didn’t matter whether this particular quote was a complete lie or not – it sounds like something she would say, so that was all the justification needed for posting it. Whether or not it’s the truth doesn’t matter any more…

    1. Had the same reaction when I showed that a conservative quote was fake. The reply was “Who cares if it’s true or not.”

      1. Yep. That’s partly a by-product of our rush to “other-ness” today. Conservatives are just redneck morons. Liberals are just devil-worshipping America-haters. Evangelicals are just theocratic, misogynistic wing-nuts. And on and on. This morning I saw a post on FB about conservatives that they’re all “illiterate morons who stuggle to read the ingredients on a food package.” I was happy to point out that most of them would be able to spell “struggle” correctly, while the poster couldn’t…

      1. I was quite amused by the video, and agreed with a lot of the message, even for 50 years ago. Pity the acting wasn’t very good.

  3. One of the words that I dislike is ‘snowflake’. For two reasons, firstly because it’s ambiguous, both so called conservatives and so called liberals both use that word against the other. Secondly because it’s unnecessarily derogatory. Whenever I read it, whether written by a conservative or a liberal, my instant reaction is to side with the ‘snowflake’… the underdog… the person being criticised for being too gentle.

    Having said that, I agree 100% with the rest of the article. We need better logical and spiritual arguments in a lot of the discussion. But over and above that we need to look for win-win solutions not win-lose ones. Don’t hear me saying we’re looking for win-win with the evil one, with the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy.

    However, all people are created in the image of God. All people have the spark of life inside. I have friends who have sat and shared with story of the Good Samaritan with Hezbollah. (https://www.amazon.com/Tea-Hezbollah-Sitting-Enemies-Journey/dp/0307588270) Let’s find win-win solutions that don’t tweak but rehabilitate and regenerate relationships.

    1. The term snowflake was first used to describe the ash from the burned Jewish bodies coming out of the oven smoke stacks. The connotation no matter who the term is used against is offensive when used as a curse.

        1. Were you there? my relative was so kiss my tutu, I would rather hear the truth from a witness than for you to post something from the internet.

  4. (With apologies to Sean Connery, David Mamet and Brian De Palma…)

    “Well isn’t that just like a snowflake. Bringing feelings to a facts fight…”

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