Quoth The Nut: Day 2

And so arrives Day 2 of the Three Quotes, Three Days challenge, or as I like to think of it, using the words of those wiser and wittier than me to take a vacation from thinking up anything clever of my own. Thanks again to Christina of The Wordy Rose for the friendly kick in the butt.

If you’ve already forgotten how the rules work, see yesterday’s post. I’m not rehashing all that shit again just because you weren’t paying attention. Sheesh.

Today’s quote comes from…somewhere. I’ve seen it questionably attributed to George Carlin and Mark Twain, among others (Twain wrote something fairly similar, and Carlin did spend a lot of his time talking about stupid people so I can see why he’d be a logical choice), but nobody can seem to show their work, so I’m just gonna chalk this one up to the Universe. Nice one, Universe.

I don’t generally give much credence to star signs, but I’ll still be the first to admit that I do in fact have all the stubbornness of a Taurus and then some.

Which is to say I learned this lesson about idiots the hard way.

I didn’t have such a bad time of it before the internet came along. But then, y’know, the internet. An endless miasma of antiquated views, religious fanaticism, prejudice, conjecture, and questionable grammar at my fingertips, and I’m just supposed to stand idly by and watch?

Fat fucking chance!

The most painfully accurate XKCD of all time.

Facebook debate about the morality of same-sex relationships? You’re on.
Article questioning a woman’s right to choose? *cracks knuckles* Bring it.
Bigot with two brain cells and a YouTube channel? To the comments!

Just kidding about the YouTube comments. That’s a kiddie pool of crazy even I wouldn’t dip my toe into.

But I was still a sucker for the rest.

I don’t know how many hours of my life I wasted in futile games of cat and mouse with people who were actually proud of their own ignorance, but it was too many. This time, I would think, this time I will find the perfect way to word things so the light bulb will go on in their head and they’ll see reason! And after every “this time” failed, there was another waiting just behind it.

Still, even the most stubborn person eventually runs out of “this time”s.

I was in the middle of writing some stupidly long Facebook comment when I finally snapped out of my delusion. I can’t even remember what we were debating. And I don’t know what was so different about that day as opposed to any other day. But I recall looking at my words, then looking back at the words that had set me off, and having everything just click.

Wait just a goddamn minute… You know what? Fuck this.

There will always be stupid people. And that sucks for us all.

But it’s not your job to fix them.

They don’t want to be fixed anyway. They are far more committed to being stupid than you are to talking sense into them. You are not a lesser person for giving up, you are just making more effective use of your time.

So let it go, go eat an Oreo, and get on with your life.

What are you waiting for? GO!

Quickly, before I could change my mind, I highlighted my meticulously worded wall of text, took a deep breath, and pressed Delete.

Immediate relief washed over me. I didn’t feel like a failure. I felt more like a genius. A belated genius, perhaps, but better late than never.

It was so satisfying, I almost didn’t even need the Oreo.

Almost.

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14 thoughts on “Quoth The Nut: Day 2

  1. Or… eat whole sleeve of Oreos…

    I got suckered into a FB debate ONCE. Once. I cannot even remember what the topic was, but I was arguing with a complete moron, a total stranger, who’s only intention seemed to be to rip into my opinion on the matter through personal attacks. Which made me even more pissed off, and when I get pissed I attack. I mean, play. To the point of angry tears. Never. Again.

    Side note… I used to have a Mr. Bean t-shirt… ❀

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    • I can’t believe how worked up I used to let myself get over stupid people on the internet. Even when they’d leave the conversation my blood would still boil for the rest of the day just thinking about how stupid and wrong they were.

      Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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  2. Actually, just putting “There will always be stupid people, and that sucks for us all.” as the reply to those comments would be perfect! That should be an automated choice: “Like”, “Dislike”, or “There will always be stupid people, and that sucks for us all.”

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  3. Well hello fellow Taurus person (Taurean???). I don’t particularly believe in astrology but I have to admit that I can be rather stubborn. As can my husband. Who is also a Taurus. So when we have arguments they are SO MUCH FUN. But I digress…

    Anyway, the disgust you mention about the people on Facebook is why I don’t have a Facebook account. I did for about one year in 2010. And I got so tired of all the stupid bullshit that I just pulled the plug and never looked back. I try to avoid reading internet comments in general just because nothing good can come from it. So yeah, pass the Oreos this way…

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  4. I’ve learned to walk away from disagreements on the internet. It’s a lesson I should have learned from long experience with arguments that quickly escalated to physical abuse, which is why it’s hard for me to debate things I feel passionately about. If it goes on too long the adrenaline kicks in and then so does the sarcasm and I get this bold feeling because, unlike my childhood, I can be smart and the other person isn’t going to respond by punching me so hard I’m bruised for a week. Then sooner or later there’s a voice in my head saying, “You think the other person’s an asshole? Take a look at yourself.” And then I remember that I’m not a lawyer or a politician–I’m not in a position that my opinion would really make a tinker’s tit worth of difference, and the same is true of the other person. And that other person could be a psychopath who will track me down so I should step away.
    And even in YouTube comments there are people who’ll say funny, thoughtful, or interesting things. At least that’s been my experience. I could even cite examples, but if you don’t believe me I’m not going to argue about it.

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    • There’s definitely the occasional YouTube commenter who actually has a good head on their shoulders, it’s just harder to spot them among all the “LOL GAY” contributions to the discussion that have been upvoted by 53 equally mature and eloquent individuals.

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  5. “I don’t know how many hours of my life I wasted in futile games of cat and mouse with people who were actually proud of their own ignorance, but it was too many.” – Nutty

    I’ll save this one in my quote box.

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  6. That is a great quote! Sadly, in my line of work I’m unable to take that advice as I’m forced to argue with idiots on a daily basis. Mainly about why it’s definitely not OK to use their computer dvd tray as a cupholder, and other similar things.

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