turmoilengage asked: Just to inform you: You repeatedly commit ad hominem in your arguments with tenaflyviper. (Y'know, you attacked your opponent's character/personal traits in an attempt to undermine their argument). And you seem pretty hell-bent on winning an argument you plead to "not take seriously". Y'know who you reminded me of? The navy seals monologue. That meme that everyone keeps using when some pride-addled bastard comes a-knockin'.
How can I make personal attacks on anything more than what is presented to me? Am I telling them what about their pasts I do not know or am I simply judging the presented content?
I fight to win, at all times. That’s the nature of any situation with opposition. Sports, debating, warfare… you fight to win. Survival of the fittest.
You think I take this “seriously”? This is fun for me. Do I get angry and outraged? Yes, I do. Because bigoted and accusatory self serving ignorance pisses me off. Honestly, I get called racist because I believe in respecting cultural heritage. Do I cook Indian and Asian food? Sure. Do I throw on a turban or a bindhi and got cook it in an Ashram for “authenticity”? No. Why would I? Shit. I’ll cook a Balti in a wok anytime soon because cultural adaptation is different from denying multiculturalism or cultural appropriation. Imperialism, colonisation, cultural genocide, divine right… these are ideals that have been used to justify great crimes against humanity.
The Roman Catholic Church is perhaps the most bloodied institution that exists from cultural co-opting and genocide. Even now Christian Aid is a disgusting idea to me. But I see things as they are, not how I would like them to be,
As for Navy SEALS, SAS and Marines… these people are hardened trained killers who deal with the shit we don’t want to so we don’t have to. Are they all perfect people, acting in accordance with all of the laws of warfare and Geneva convention strictures? No. They are hardened men following orders. They are the bodies that stand forth, act and get shot at to maintain the structure of authority, because they do what they are told and are willing to pay with their lives to preserve our way of living. I’ve lost 4 good men I am still proud to have known and call friends, I’ve paid tribute at their graves, I have hugged wives, sisters, mothers, fathers and girlfriends who can never see their loved ones again. And you know what? I would do the same over and over again. Because empires and authorities are built on pillars of bones. Do I agree with every military action conducted? No. But do I respect the intent of active servicemen following orders in service to their causes and the powers that provide for them? Absolutely. A life is a life and one served well that was cut short is better than one served without purpose, fostered under delusion.
If you don’t care for the armed forces, fine. Your opinion is dirt beneath my feet. I’ll still remember and honour my friends names because they were committed to their cause and fought to their deaths so I never had to live off rations in tents in the desert where kids threw rocks at me instead of them.
As for ad hominems… the new buzzword it seems… you see how many people suggest I am racist and entitled without knowing who I am, what I have done, who I have done things for and why I have done them? Who want to call me dumb when numbers and tests prove otherwise to try degrade my arguments worth rather than put forth their own worthy argument? You think the “OMG for a guy calling himself pissedoffnobody, he’s definitely deserving of that name” and variations on it I’ve seen and dealt with? As if saying “his name is his name” is even bothersome to me rather than tired as fuck?
You know why my name is my name? Because I am an abject nihilist who understands in truth, none of this matters. Not what you think of me, or I of you, or anyone else’s opinions. We are evolved primates who have the potential to know and do better. However we are ticks, leeches, gnats and buzzing flies more often than we are pioneers, developers, creators and revolutionaries. People follow causes but they are so reluctant to invest in creating ones worth a fuck. That’s the small minded nature of selective ignorance, selfishness and self aggrandisement. For every Tim Berners-Lee, there are a dozen Donald Trumps, a hundred Lil Wayne wannabes.
But people want to claim I am racist, sexist, bigoted, a proponent for segregation and against multiculturalism… as a product of multiculturalism who has dealt with racism, segregationist bullying and deals with bigotry from the very same people assuming a lot of not very much… frankly, you can keep hollering at me. I’ll keep shouting you down. Because as much as folks might want to opine and whine, the wheels keep turning. If you want to blame those who notice rather than those who keep it moving or grease the axles with bodies and money, go ahead. It’s misdirected but it doesn’t matter to me. I eat make belief ad hominems for breakfast, I call them Lucky Charms.