jpete wrote:You seem to know everything about everything and never hesitate to set me straight.
Take a step back and see yourself typing away at your keyboard in front of your monitor. With the intent of provocation, or impulsive vengeance at a percieved slight. I engage in the same behavior which represents intellectual laziness. I hope we can bring it up a notch.
Remember, great minds talk about ideas, average minds talk about things, small minds talk about people.
When the conversation degenerates into petty reply/revenge, it's not beneficial to either party.
Here's why: Countering someone's negativity with your positivity doesn't work because it's argumentative. People don't like to be emotionally contradicted and if you try to convince them that they shouldn't feel something, they'll only feel it more stubbornly. And if you're a leader trying to be positive, it comes off even worse because you'll appear out of touch and aloof to the reality that people are experiencing.
The other instinctive approach — confronting someone's negativity with your own negativity — doesn't work because it's addictive. Your negative reaction to their negative reaction simply adds fuel to the fire. Negativity breeds negativity.
I can post a Utube video exposing Obama's lies and propaganda, there's other videos castigating Romney. What good would it do.
I'm preparing myself to restrain my exhuberance if Romney wins, and combat the feeling of malaise and defeat of the constitution and American values if Obama wins. I'm anti-Obama because he is anti-American.