aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

And the horse you rode in on.

I unfriended somebody on Facebook today. The person in question had posted what must surely be the most intolerant, bigoted slam against my religion that I've ever seen. Yet I unfriended this person with great reluctance. Not all the people I keep up with agree with me on politics or religion or whatever. Still, we manage to stay friends and not let our disagreements sink our relationship. But there comes a time. Some final line gets crossed, some gratuitously nasty dig that dismisses folks sharing my opinions or practices is offered for the applause of others. And, we're done.

Intolerance of all sorts is increasing in our society, and there are offenders everywhere. I can't vouch for everyone on my side of every debate, and I don't want to tar others too quickly with the obnoxious behavior of people on the other side. But I have my limits. It is my perception that those who, in various ways, nowadays assume they are on "the right side of history" on (name your issue) often assume that they don't have to argue any more; they can merely smear. They are not gracious winners (if they are, in fact, to be winners in the long run). So, despite their claiming the high moral ground in whatever debate we're having, they reveal themselves to be persons who are deficient in character.

At some point, I just don't want to keep up with them any more.

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