One of the most vital things I’ve learned about other people is that sometimes it’s better to let them live with their delusions. There most certainly are those who prefer to stay sheltered from reality to such an extent that they violently attack those who simply choose to present a point that applies to the world as it is.
So let them live the fantasy. Eventually the real world will catch up with them in a way that no human can express.
Sick of being offended by sweeping statements about how immature and disappointing boys/men are?
Become a gentleman.
Too hard? Don’t worry. I’m sure people will respect you when you complain about your gender being the butt of an online joke or get uptight about an overgeneralized and impersonal statement.
Wit is educated insolence.
—Aristotle (via philosophy-quotes)
Simplicity often bastardizes meaning.
I’m 100% certain that people, consciously or not, act differently on the internet. If I’m wrong, I terrifically fear this current generation.
Anything you type on the internet, no matter how simple, seemingly benign, or purely inconsequential is subject to the public forum. The thoughts you spread using tumblr can easily fall into the welcoming minds of your target audience, but, ultimately, tumblr is a website for any user of any background and disposition (provided they comply with tumblr’s terms of service) to peruse every single post if they wish. It’s impossible for your ideas to remain only within your clique when you post them online.
And because posts can exchange hands faster than currency in a marketplace, we have no idea where our intellectual “gold” can end up or how far and deep it can impact others. Others may expand on our thoughts in unconventional ways or misconstrue our every word, but this is where the beauty of the public forum comes from.
When we shoot an idea out into the internet, we relinquish just a little bit of our personal rights to it so that others around the world may enjoy it in their own way. A man may purchase a gun, but the gunsmith will never know whether the buyer derives more pleasure from poaching with it or by hanging it above the mantle and never firing it. We have to let our property go (material and intellectual) when we release it to the masses.
There is a plus side, however. No matter how another individual uses our thoughts, their conclusions and responses are solely theirs. Any further discussion no longer belongs to the original author and cannot be his or her responsibility.
If you wish for your idea to always float and withstand the scrutiny of the public forum on its own, take your time to craft something memorable, something substantial. It will take flight and implant itself in the minds of those who even criticize it, because they will recognize the effort put forth.
My apologies to how dreadful my (now deleted) response posts were today. Being sick for this long has really made me impudent.
Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.