How to talk to complete idiots

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    Three basic options. Choose wisely, lest you go totally insane

    By Mark Morford


    "The absolute best way to speak to complete idiots is, of course, not to speak to them at all.

    That is, you work around them, ignore them completely, disregard the rants and the spittle and the misspelled protest signs and the fervent prayers for apocalypse on Fox News. Complete refusal to take the fringe nutballs even the slightest bit seriously is the only way to make true progress."

    How to talk to complete idiots / Three basic options. Choose wisely, lest you go totally insane
    washingtonpost.com

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPwGV1h4lW8]YouTube - Frank Schaeffer on Rachel Maddow[/ame]
     
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    How to talk to complete idiots


    T....Y...P....E

    S....L....O....W....L....Y
     
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    frank Schrieffer is a fearful and fear mongering Satanist..that hates god .. free speech..home school and middle America... an elitist Anti-American piece of crap
     
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    How to talk to complete idiots?

    In your case, via the mirror.
     
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    But midcan if we ignore complete idiots no one will ever answer your insipid drivel again.
     
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    The man who is not
    Says to ignore those who are
    nobody listens
     
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    I've maybe managed to have one person change their point of view in my life. Well worth it.
     
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    It IS pretty rewarding when that happens. And our demeanor in engaging another determines whether they will be receptive to our ideas or not.

    I have never and will never understand the point of posting in a forum just as a cheerleader or propagandist appealing to emotions. It seems so nonproductive. The only folks who will agree with you are already in your same camp. How boring.

    And, I would bet that you have been persuaded to a different point of view whenever you've engaged an interesting poster. Those with open minds usually have just as many of those experiences, as well, IMO.

    I find that rewarding, too.
     
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    "The village cannot sort village life to suit the village idiot."

    :lol:

    Classic...
     
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    One sometimes grows tired of the constant BS and naming calling. Notice it is the messenger who gets shot - is there any validity to the message is the real question. Few ever face that harder fact.

    Once when someone asked me to join their forum they put forth the philosophy that you cannot change the Garyds or the Ringel05s, and Eots is a conspiracy buff. Their point was you post for the anonymous readers, for the searchers, for those still open to ideas. Who can change the birthers, the tea partiers, or the fundies? How can you change what is beyond reason?

    I was going to change my avatar after the election, but a few told me it made them sick so obviously being the contrarian I am, I kept it and will keep it till .... jeez hard to say.

    I do not write for those who agree with me, I do not write for those who will always disagree with me, I write for those who can still think. midcan


    What does your avatar say? I cannot read the comic.
     

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