OddDuck wrote:You know what, Willy? Calling anybody else's opinion "nonsense" or "irrelevant" IS 4th grade!
I call 'em like I see 'em. If I simply flung the labels without explaining my reasoning, it would be one thing. But I always say why
I think what I do.
OddDuck wrote:And this IS neither the time nor the place to just plain argue with someone personally
I haven't made anything personal. Others have done so, but not me.
OddDuck wrote:This was a very interesting topic, where people had thought provoking comments to make, until you jumped in and basically told us all how stupid we all were.
I didn't call anyone stupid, tempting though it might have been.
OddDuck wrote:Thank you for putting the big damper on a topic of discussion that could have proven to be very informative and interesting!
The premise of the discussion was such that it would be difficult to be "informative" on the topic.
Odd Duck wrote:Willy, but in my world, just because it's an opinion YOU hold doesn't make the rest of us "irrelevant", childish, or stupid; and it doesn't make it "gospel", just because YOU say so! You don't just express your opinion on a topic, you attack other people's opinions as if we're all idiots.
I plead not guilty. I've gone after opinions, not people, and have matched my pointedness to the opinion.
OddDuck wrote:We are not all running for public office in this forum, Willy. A smear campaign against any of us just isn't part of my game plan. You don't like that? Fine. Your prerogative.
Huh? Um, I'm certainly not running for public office nor am I even suggesting that the State Department hire me as a diplomat unless perhaps there is a country with whom they would wish to ruin our relations.
As for "smear campaigns," I dare say there aren't enough people on this board to make a smear campaign worth the time 'n trouble, especially given that we're all anonymous to begin with.
OddDuck wrote:But it is MY prerogative to ask you to either treat me with respect or do not direct any comments my way!
I think a sign of respect is to take you seriously enough to criticize your ideas. The time to wonder if I'm taking you seriously if when I post meaniingless white-bread agreement with you, devoid of any real content.
OddDuck wrote:Is there EVER a time, Willy, when YOU might have read or interpreted something wrong or incorrectly?
If you look on the "Introduction" thread, page 10, you will see my apology to a woman who posted about her 16-year-old son. I think it was a fairly humble apology, but if the woman were to think "not humble enough" then I'd be happy to become even humbler.