I’m amused by the attention my post on Frostheim is still getting. I thought I’d come back and revisit the topic, albeit without focusing on Frostheim in particular because really this isn’t about Frostheim.
It’s about people, their behavior, and the strange case of “people aren’t real if you only meet them on the internet”.
Society has rules. Each society has its own rules, of course–American rules about personal space, for example, aren’t the same as you’d find in Japan–but some things are relative constants.
Like…don’t be a dick. Wheaton’s Law, if you will.
What constitutes being a dick can vary, but in the general sense, if you wouldn’t like it if someone else did something to you, you probably shouldn’t go around and do it to other people.
There is no point in being a dick. It’s counter productive. Being a total ass to someone else doesn’t teach them anything. If they are dicks in and of themselves they won’t give a flying fuck what you say or do and will probably just get defensive (and feel justified), and if they’re a nice person you’ll just upset them and teach them that…well, you’re a dick.
Anger has its place, but that place is not in the face of other people. There are ways to deal with other people being dicks that does not involve you being a dick that are far more effective.
If I place a greater emphasis–not importance, emphasis–on public figures being extra careful to not be a dick, it’s because humanity has a terrible case of monkey see monkey doism. We are all equally responsible for not spewing rawr!fail all over the place.
I’ll pull one particular comment from my blog: