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Musings on Ridicule

by baldilocks

Sit­ting in for Fausta.

A fre­quent response from black liberals/​leftists to black con­ser­v­a­tives and our advo­cacy for con­ser­v­a­tive prin­ci­ples is that whites laugh are at us because of this. Seems silly, yes? And, whether it’s true or not, I used to be non­plussed at this asser­tion. Why should I care one way or another?

The inter­est­ing part about “whites laugh­ing at us” notion is that it points the sub­con­scious belief of liberals/​leftists that black peo­ple are inca­pable of induc­tive rea­son­ing and can only mimic white per­sons of any polit­i­cal per­sua­sion and only do so for their enter­tain­ment – and money. This is why it never occurs to many black liberals/​leftists that their con­ser­v­a­tive coun­ter­parts have rea­soned their way to a dif­fer­ent con­clu­sion. So they attempt to play on our egos.

When peo­ple laugh deri­sively at some­thing you say – and tell you that this is what they are doing — they do it with the assump­tion that this type of laugh­ter will wound you in some way. But what hap­pens if this has no effect on you?

Think­ing through the obvi­ous, ridicule is given its power only by the tar­get. On the Inter­net, if some­one throws some scorn my way, I choose my feel­ings and my response. For a long time, I’ve real­ized that deri­sion does almost noth­ing to my feel­ings – I was often the tar­get of bul­lies as a child and, there­fore, have devel­oped a cer­tain immu­nity to it. The small effect it does have on my feel­ings is that it will fill me with glee. Ridicule mon­gers are invari­ably illog­i­cal, and I can usu­ally expose it with­out break­ing too much of a sweat. I might have a small sadis­tic streak. Pray for me.

Human beings instinc­tively hate being laughed at, being the butt of ridicule. This is a sub­tle form of pride.

How to become immune to it: become ded­i­cated to the truth over all else, espe­cially if it is an uncom­fort­able truth. Allow­ing wounded pride to sub­or­di­nate truth is one of the gravest dan­gers to one’s soul.

You can always laugh back, since there is joy in stick­ing to the Truth. And you will laugh last.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Sitting in for Fausta.

A frequent response from black liberals/leftists to black conservatives and our advocacy for conservative principles is that whites laugh are at us because of this. Seems silly, yes? And, whether it’s true or not, I used to be nonplussed at this assertion. Why should I care one way or another?

The interesting part about “whites laughing at us” notion is that it points the subconscious belief of liberals/leftists that black people are incapable of inductive reasoning and can only mimic white persons of any political persuasion and only do so for their entertainment – and money. This is why it never occurs to many black liberals/leftists that their conservative counterparts have reasoned their way to a different conclusion. So they attempt to play on our egos.

When people laugh derisively at something you say – and tell you that this is what they are doing – they do it with the assumption that this type of laughter will wound you in some way. But what happens if this has no effect on you?

Thinking through the obvious, ridicule is given its power only by the target. On the Internet, if someone throws some scorn my way, I choose my feelings and my response. For a long time, I’ve realized that derision does almost nothing to my feelings – I was often the target of bullies as a child and, therefore, have developed a certain immunity to it. The small effect it does have on my feelings is that it will fill me with glee. Ridicule mongers are invariably illogical, and I can usually expose it without breaking too much of a sweat. I might have a small sadistic streak. Pray for me.

Human beings instinctively hate being laughed at, being the butt of ridicule. This is a subtle form of pride.

How to become immune to it: become dedicated to the truth over all else, especially if it is an uncomfortable truth. Allowing wounded pride to subordinate truth is one of the gravest dangers to one’s soul.

You can always laugh back, since there is joy in sticking to the Truth. And you will laugh last.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

Hit Da Tech Guy Blog’s Tip Jar for his new not-GoDaddy host!

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