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Too Tired

by baldilocks

I’ve grown weary of method­i­cally lay­ing out the chains of occur­rences, premises, con­clu­sions and exam­ples which have served as under-​gird to my opin­ions. Fact is, whether I make the effort or don’t make the effort, I get this sort of thing — this one from an old acquain­tance via Facebook:

I object to you and almost every­thing you say. I think you are full of sh*t. That plain enough? I’m [here] to object to you and your invec­tive, which I find per­son­ally offen­sive. At some point, peo­ple have to say, I object.

This guy kept insist­ing over and over again that he objected; I imag­ined him punc­tu­at­ing each objec­tion with a foot stomp.

And, using the fact that he objects to me and every­thing I say, this “gen­tle­man” came to the con­clu­sion that I must be crazy and delu­sional. Surely, that is the only rea­son that I could pos­si­bly be 180 degrees from him in all opin­ions. Right?

The fun­ni­est thing, how­ever, was that, in this man’s repeated excla­ma­tions of objec­tion, there was never any spe­cific direct object. (Lin­guists will groan at that pun.) He never did pick out a topic about which he and I are in oppo­si­tion and defend his view­point on that topic, even after I repeat­edly invited him to do so.

It’s plain, [name redacted], but it’s still pretty gen­er­al­ized. There has to be a spe­cific rea­son tha[t] you think that I am full of sh*t and you cer­tainly should be able to take a spe­cific issue and explain why I am wrong about it – in a sane and non-​delusional, invective-​free and sh*t-less man­ner, of course.

Come on. I know you can do it.

To which, I received this charm­ing response:

I don’t have to defend it to you — or explain it — any­more than I expect you to do the same [sic]. You have an opin­ion — I think you’re full of sh*t. My opin­ion. I don’t really TRULY have to say any­thing else.

My nine-​year-​old niece would call such a response imma­ture. I wouldn’t, how­ever. It’s obvi­ous that either the man is intel­lec­tu­ally inca­pable of defend­ing his opin­ions or he is too lazy to think his premises through to a con­clu­sion and, after­ward, artic­u­late either. Due to the pul­ing, I vote the for­mer. Petu­lance in adults is usu­ally a cover-​up.

Then again, hasn’t our pres­i­dent repeat­edly claimed that the time for talk is over? It almost is.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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by baldilocks

I’ve grown weary of methodically laying out the chains of occurrences, premises, conclusions and examples which have served as under-gird to my opinions.  Fact is, whether I make the effort or don’t make the effort, I get this sort of thing—this one from an old acquaintance via Facebook:

I object to you and almost everything you say. I think you are full of sh*t. That plain enough? I’m [here] to object to you and your invective, which I find personally offensive. At some point, people have to say, I object.

This guy kept insisting over and over again that he objected; I imagined him punctuating each objection with a foot stomp.

And, using the fact that he objects to me and everything I say, this “gentleman” came to the conclusion that I must be crazy and delusional.  Surely, that is the only reason that I could possibly be 180 degrees from him in all opinions.  Right?

The funniest thing, however, was that, in this man’s repeated exclamations of objection, there was never any specific direct object. (Linguists will groan at that pun.)  He never did pick out a topic about which he and I are in opposition and defend his viewpoint on that topic, even after I repeatedly invited him to do so.

It’s plain, [name redacted], but it’s still pretty generalized. There has to be a specific reason tha[t] you think that I am full of sh*t and you certainly should be able to take a specific issue and explain why I am wrong about it–in a sane and non-delusional, invective-free and sh*t-less manner, of course.

Come on. I know you can do it.

To which, I received this charming response:

I don’t have to defend it to you — or explain it — anymore than I expect you to do the same [sic]. You have an opinion — I think you’re full of sh*t. My opinion. I don’t really TRULY have to say anything else.

My nine-year-old niece would call such a response immature.  I wouldn’t, however.  It’s obvious that either the man is intellectually incapable of defending his opinions or he is too lazy to think his premises through to a conclusion and, afterward, articulate either.  Due to the puling, I vote the former.  Petulance in adults is usually a cover-up.

Then again, hasn’t our president repeatedly claimed that the time for talk is over? It almost is.

 

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in early 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

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