Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Takraar (Argument)

This will be the last blog dedicated to our pet troll. Quite good actually, you call and it comes running.
So far, in a span of a few days, the troll has managed to:
1) Diss my wife, adding to her trauma of leaving for Stuttgart tonight.
2) State that she is an empty headed know-nothing (my wife, not our troll) who has no place in teaching.
3) Imply that I a controlling MAN who basically doesn't think that his wife is capable of fighting her own fights.
4) Say that I am full of crap. (Uhm...then again, not disputing that one)
5) Call my wife a bitch. Selfish to boot.
6) Lead us on an entertaining chase, leading to me finding out how easy it is to track IP's down. (Thanks Trolly. :) )
7) Imply that we have the emotional intellect of a 3 year old because we don't agree with it.

Hmmm...Interesting rhetoric that ranges between "Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries" and "Bite me". It states that the reason it does this is to engage us in a discussion over some of the ideas that it disagrees with. Wow...way to go.
It's the Dubya way.
When you want to engage someone in a discussion, you don't start with "hey stupid!". And I know what Trolly will say, "I apologised already!"
Yup...Something along the lines of "I'm sorry that you're so stupid and don't understand that what I REALLY meant when I said Selfish Bitch was that I wanted to talk about the whole issue of students and adults in a postmodern world." And goes on ad nauseum about how it's the misunderstood party and that we should understand that what it meant when it said "QUITTER" it meant that we should have a civilised discussion about how we as Singaporeans shouldn't give up on the system too soon.
An apology's a good thing. If it's heartfelt and not something that's been beaten out of you. If someone wishes to have that discussion, why not. Bring it. You just don't insult your opponents just because they disagree with you. Then you're just stooping to [unnamed secondary school]'s rhetoric where, during a debate, announced to the opposing team, "Your argument is stupid madam!"
Passion is good in some areas. Not good when you're trying to argue ideas.
After all, passion leads to fear. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to Burger King...uhm...wait. Passion leads to hate. Hate leads to ding dongs. Uhm...Orchard leads to Somerset. The leg bone connects to the hip bone.
What we're trying to say is that if you have something, put it up. Leave a name so that we don't get confused by the multi-vocal rhetoric. Set yourself apart from the others. By all means, voice your opinions. But like all civilised parties, please be polite.

And now back to your regular scheduled programming.


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