Sweet! Today my home state of Washington passed marriage equality into law!
Now it's a waiting game to see whether the anti-equality brigade can get the signatures they need to force a ballot vote. Because it's totally appropriate to put equality to a vote, right?
Argh. I don't even want to think about it.
Because it's not like I've already got some things I'm trying not to think about today.
A friend sent me a video that had an interesting take on political issues from a purely humanitarian point of view. Some of the thinking seemed grossly simplistic and unrealistic but, taken as a whole, it was a fascinating look at how political policy doesn't change as much as you'd think from administration to administration.
In the video there were links to other videos. Which had links to other videos. Which had links to even more videos.
But it was the comment threads that were where the addiction lays. Most times they're so incredibly awful that you're compelled to read them. And just when you think you've read the most horrific thing that somebody could possibly say on the subject, you go to the next comment and it gets even worse. The bigotry, ignorance, racism, lies, and raw hatred sucks you into a vortex of stupidity from which not even light can escape...
And if you don't let go before the Point of No Return, you become just as stupid as the animals who are commenting and are compelled to comment yourself. From there you cross over the event horizon and are doomed to destruction.
Don't believe me? It's SCIENCE, people!
Though I don't know that even science can explain why so many people think that the road to destruction is the best course to follow. Maybe if more effort when into studying stupidity, we could find out why they just can't seem to let it go.
Or why there are people who think that the freedoms this country were founded upon demands equality for its citizens be put to a vote.
I love comments! However, all comments are moderated, and won't appear until approved. Are you an abusive troll with nothing to contribute? Don't bother. Selling something? Don't bother. Spam linking? Don't bother.
They think it’s okay to put equality to a vote, because they don’t exactly think of “the other” as being fully human, pure and simple. Some animals are more equal than others, after all.
I thought of you this morning, as NPR talked about Washington state and this issue. Luckily, I’m in GA, where all are treated equally.
The problem with studying stupidity is, as you’ve basically described, it makes the studier more stupid. Usually this manifests at first as being more elitist, morphs into holier-than-thou and quickly blooms into full-on stupid. It’s sad, really, and now I’m more stupid than I was two minutes ago. 🙁
You are right about the comment threads being the suck on many levels. For me, when someone posts an idiotic comment based solely on the lack of any logic, I want to respond. Yet I resist most of the time due to the fact that I know my words don’t mean a fucking thing to someone who is always right.
Funny, I think most, come to a point of self censorship to simply avoid those comment traps. You can really waste a lot of time commenting but in the end you can’t change knuckle heads. They are going to do and say what they want until they seek out understanding of others. When you put it that way, it seems that comment sections are doomed to stupidity leading the way…maybe I should of censored myself from writing this?
haha Great graph! So true…