This blog takes a break from regular programming for the purpose of taking a break from regular programming.
Got some free advice of late, from here and there, about how I should treat people I have discussions with. Typical was this fellow M, who said that another person, G, was making "cogent and logical" points to me, but in response I had "dismissed him [G] rather rudely." M observed that in the past, I had "evaded arguments or ignored them completely".
M is, of course, right. I have indeed evaded arguments or ignored guys altogether in the past.
There is, of course, a reason.
When someone calls me "congenital idiot", or "hypocrite", or "cheat", or "XYZ-fucking bastard", or "white ant", or "intellectually dishonest", or "prize ass", or "low life rat", or "shallow manipulator", or "sick slave", or "holier-than-thou lout" ... yep, when someone calls me these and other things, even if they fit fine, I tend to remember.
The next time said someone turns up and expects a civilized back-and-forth, I'm likely to ignore them, or at best, make fun of them. I'm not likely to take them in the least seriously. Not even if they make "cogent and logical" arguments. (Actually, I believe people who throw about names and taunts are incapable of cogent and logical arguments anyway).
Not that the labels offend me. All they do is confirm for me what Confucius say: "Him who have no faith in own views turn to name-calling."
And now, back to something completely different.