On Sat, 25 Sep 2021 11:20:04 -0700, Bob Casanova <nos...@buzz.off>
>On Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:21:59 +0100, the following appeared
>in talk.origins, posted by Martin Harran
>>On Sat, 25 Sep 2021 09:13:27 -0700, Bob Casanova <nos...@buzz.off>
>>>On Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:57:21 -0700, the following appeared
>>>in talk.origins, posted by Mark Isaak
>>>>On 9/25/21 1:46 AM, Martin Harran wrote:
>>>>> A 1-minute video by a Catholic religious writer but I think much of
>>>>> his advice applies to Usenet discussion.
>>>>Yes, good advice. I'll add an old proverb:
>>>>When you argue with a fool, the fool is doing so, too.
The challenge here is different posters have different ideas of who
qualify as "fools" and what qualify as "arguments" Nobody ever
actually includes themselves and their own comments in those
categories, else they wouldn't post them. This entire topic is a
classic example of virtue signaling.
>>>Both of you make excellent points; although I've gotten into
>>>a few such "discussions" lately I'll try harder to avoid
>>>them in the future. One thing which usually helps me is to
>>>remember that Usenet arguments, as contrasted with actual
>>>discussions, are generally "full of sound and fury,
>>>signifying nothing", and that even the real discussions
>>>matter not a bit other than as entertainment and
>>FWIW, I don't think that most people are particularly nasty by nature
>>and when you run into someone who does seem to have nastiness
>>hardwired into them, the chances are that bad things are going on in
>>their life. When I encounter that, I try to feel empathy for them and
>>just avoid argy-bargy but like yourself, I don't always succeed in
>Point(s) taken, although in a small minority of such cases
>the "bad things" seem to be a permanent state...and possibly
>even welcomed by the "victim" because of the sense of
>freedom to act that way that they seem to enjoy.
Most of your and Harran's recent posts are by any reasonable standard
"argy-bargy", which make your and his comments similar to that of
Freon Bill's, of doing exactly what you accuse others of doing.
You're entitled to your own opinions.
You're not entitled to your own facts.