Brought forward to reiterate.garb811 said:To make it clear to all:
Use of the commenting ability in the MilPoints function is not a way around the tone and content requirements to participate in the political forums. Attempts to circumvent the tone and content guidelines by doing this will result in the same sanctions as a post made in one of the threads.
garb811 said:It’s not that hard to be respectful to each other and act like the adults most of us are. If you can’t manage that, as Mike said, there are plenty of other websites where you can go and do that, if that is what you really need to do on these topics.
Again, opinion versus informed opinion comes into play.Once upon a time I knew of people being championed because they had been ridiculed, and worse, for their opinions, for being lone voices in the wilderness -
Copernicus, Galileo, Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Wishart, Columbus, .... Churchill.
Not in maskirovka.Again, opinion versus informed opinion comes into play.
All the folks you referenced above were well versed in the ways of their respective worlds and were able trying to use their wisdom to enlighten people.
Conversely, having an opinion on something you have little to no knowledge or experience on makes you a loudmouth in my book. There are a lot of people who "have the real facts!" who have completely ignored the vast majority of others who are saying words to the contrary.
In all things, veracity is key.
If your arguments seem to be going in circles, just note that facts don't matter to a lot of people -- perhaps an increasing percentage of people, who cannot differentiate between 'opinion' and 'informed opinion.'
The worst waste of time is arguing with the fool and fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only the victory of his beliefs and illusions. Never waste time on arguments that don't make sense... There are people who, no matter how much evidence we present to them, do not have the capacity to understand, and others are blinded by ego, hatred, and resentment, and all they want is to be right even if they are not.