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Response to Hawkowl (Reply #81)

Mon May 28, 2012, 01:59 PM

91. Ridicule

I find ridicule to be very effective when confronting people face to face.


I don't believe that it is as effective as you think it is.

I suspect that it depends on what your goal is.

If your goal is to berate and belittle another human being, deservedly or not, then it is very effective.

If it is to educate or sway another's opinion, then I believe that you might be on the wrong track.

In fact, ridiculing someone with an opposing point of view is somewhat what the point of original poster of this thread is saying...iit likely causes the 'conservative' to hate...it creates more hate.

You cite that 'they' cannot be reasoned with, then the alternative is to perhaps plant a seed and walk away. Ridicule makes a person go deeper into the abyss.

Enlighten them.

I remember telling one coworker who was berating another about being a tree hugging liberal, that "all you conservative bastards are fucking Nazi's". The look of astonishment on his face was priceless, AND I have not heard him bring up any political views in over 9 months.


One good berating deserves another?

I beg you to reconsider your methods.

Offer little seeds of wisdom in a kind way and, maybe in 10 years, those seeds might take...
or maybe not, but at least there will not be additional hatred.

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