I love a healthy debate, even a fired up but friendly debate. I love all of you who comment here on my blog, even when you disagree vehemently with me. I think it brings people to better mutual understanding, even if no one’s minds are changed. I feel like I grow a bit whenever one of you disagrees with me.
I have had some really challenging discussions with some of my best friends. I’ve even had some incredible disagreements with my wife. And none of these disagreements have ever resulted in name calling, personal attacks or expletives being lobbed like grenades.
But it should be clear to anyone who reads the comment section of the average news site that most people are completely incapable of rational, civilized discussion. Comments are often the rhetorical equivalent of chimps hurling feces at each other. Many of these comments come from people who claim to be Christians.
I’ve jotted down a few of the most frequently occurring and egregious comments that are ruining the comment sections of the internet.
“I Feel Like I’m Living In a Prison”
Apparently, there are a lot of people who are living in dank cellars with shared bathrooms and the risk of getting stabbed to death at any moment.
Oh wait, I stand corrected.
People who say this are usually simply whining about whatever new government policy we are all trying to deal with. A lot of people are comparing our gun debate to being in a prison. Is there anything remotely prison-like about any aspect of middle-class American life? No, and the very fact that we exercise the right to make such absurd comments just illustrates how unlike prison our lives are.
“Come Lord Jesus!”
Why would a Christian make a comment like this?
A) As a spiritual plea because of insurmountable personal problems?
B) Because of a genuine desire to see the Lord?
C) Because the new payroll taxes will cost each of us about $1000 extra this year?
If you answered “C,” you are correct. I saw it, but could hardly believe it. Calling on the name of the Lord to bring an end to all things because of taxes. I can’t think of anything so ridiculously stupid and godless when you consider the poverty that covers so much of humanity. This is the very definition of taking the Lord’s name in vain.
“Michelle Obama Looks Like a ________”
It amazes me how quickly any news article, no matter how innocuous, can be taken over by crazy people who have nothing better to do but making filthy comments about the President or First Lady. Even an article about some child prodigy or new playground is just another bloodbath in the comments. You cannot complain about the disgusting comments that so many liberals made about Sarah Palin if you are willing to do the same to Barack or Michelle Obama. None of these comments bear repeating, they are so awful.
As children, we learned that calling people names wasn’t the way to win an argument. In high school debate, we learned that was called an “ad hominem” attack, and it never worked.
Quit ruining the internet, chimps.
When you use the name “Hitler” in a comment, it doesn’t matter what the context is. Anything you are about to say is going to be stupid, whiny, ill-informed, half-witted nonsense.
Comparing the President to Hitler doesn’t denigrate the President. It denigrates the suffering of millions of people. It doesn’t put the President on the same level of one of history’s worst mass murderers. It puts you on the same level as a person who actually went to a concentration camp. Is that really what you are saying? Your suffering as an American is comparable to a person in a concentration camp? The liberals were guilty of constantly comparing W. to Hitler, and the conservatives are equally guilty today. Can we just agree that the Führer stands alone?
That’s just a drop in the ocean of awfulness that is the internet’s comments, and it makes me all the more glad to have such great readers here, and on all the blogs I visit. But it illustrates that there are probably far more terrible commentors than there are great commentors. What awful comments have you seen lately that are ruining the internet?