Why is it so difficult for some people to understand that were not all from the same cookie cutter? We are all different and have diverse life experiences, but there seem to still e some hanging around, as skeptics, that will not tolerate a difference of opinion, no matter what the subject happens to be.
I was perusing my Twitter timeline, where I was in a conversation with a couple of other people about some so-called skeptics that don’t seem to represent skepticism very well. These are the people I was referring to that will have no disagreement with any position they take on anything. Tiresome, and as I said, not very skeptical.
We have in the past referred to them as Social Justice Warriors or SJWs. Some in the timeline preferred not to use that terminology as they considered it a slur against someone else, but what else would we refer to them as? Well, I’ve often referred to them as because that’s where their social justice credentials begin and end – at the keyboard.
They’re always calling out someone else for their behavior, or their words, but never stop to think they are doing the exact same thing. They would never do what they write in tweets or blog posts in person. If someone is truly passionate about a subject, they wouldn’t limit their disdain or scorn to just writing about it, they may, if and when they actually see the person, confront them directly. No, they run away from any kind of personal engagement on any issue and sit behind their keyboards trying to smear others.
It’s a cowardly way of acting and it does nothing to advance good intellectual discussion over possibly some difficult topics and of course just reinforces those with poor arguments that all the opposition seems to be able to do is ad hominem attacks instead of honestly addressing something that may enlighten the rest of us.
I thought for a long time that the schism was over; I think I was wrong.